“We were worried about your personal salvation… was it heaven or hell that you saw when your eyes closed?
You smiled at us floating high above the question like you knew something we didn’t know.”*
Our spiritual interventions ended up doing more harm than good. We could not even consider the possibility that we were wrong. We put you in the state of fallenness, casting ourselves as defenders of the truth. It was the marker from which we would no longer discuss your inner life.
Well intentioned, but in the end, we did more harm than good.
And so. Old friends no longer discuss God or spirituality. Former lovers no longer talk. Parents and children are in different spaces and places now.
And still we tell ourselves “We were worried about their personal salvation.”
* Taken from “Virginia”