“The ocean remains faithful to the land – it always returns.” – John O’Donohue
Walking along Edingsville Beach, a rare and pristine island on Edisto, not only am I consistently brought to a place of reverence, but I hear stories. I think of our Lowcountry ancestors who came to this place and crossed this ocean, of John Gordon, Henry Woodward and Ephraim Mikell, those of my own, who sailed in wooden ships in these very waters when this land was still jungle, like most of Edisto Island remains today. To tell these stories again is one of the reasons I am here.
But there is so much more to ocean. “It is beauty charged with danger.” He continues, yet even in its wildest passion, the ocean still holds dignity, it maintains poise. However and wherever it throws itself, it never falls outside of itself… it is always within the shelter of the one rhythm.”
Hope whispers in these waves of winter. The tide always returns.