If I were alone in a desert
and feeling afraid,
I would want a child to be with me.
For then my fear would disappear
and I would be made strong.
This is what life in itself can do
because it is so noble, so full of pleasure
And so powerful.
(Meister Eckhart, in Meditations with Meister Eckhart, Introductions and versions by Matthew Fox. Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Co., 1983)