i took a breath listen i took another one i can hear the soft hush of oxygen entering my lungs bringing life listen another hush is this what life sounds like i opened my eyes color light darkness shadows hues stars sunsets waterfalls my little girl’s impossibly tiny fingers the gaze of my beloved eyes they all fell through the windows of my eyes i opened my eyes is this what life looks like i felt something the slightest variation of texture of temperature an embrace a fall day wrapped in a favorite sweatshirt the caress of snowflakes on my face is this what life feels like i heard a sound a song a melody the waves crashing on the shore the symphony of autumn leaves my little boy is crying thunder calling across the sky someone said i love you is this what life sounds like and life can taste so sweet as coffee chases the donut ice cream’s creamy comfort the delight of strawberries i can smell each fallen leaf calling winter near the scent of summer rain and the blackened marshmallow in the snappy campfire is this the aroma and flavor of life and what of all the pain and sorrow too countless tears and so alone and shame chases me down the years is this what life is transcendence calls me home the unseen real touches my soul i long for a place that is real that is safe at home with the author of my soul complete and whole finally at peace is this what eternal life is yes to all the above and more i am here no one took me away so yes to life yes to the story teller of life
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i'm so glad the Light found me just as i am i began to be free identity restored i'm not trying to earn anymore i'm so glad the Light found me and now a love has touched my soul all of my past all that’s yet to unfold slowly being restored i was blind but now i see oh, i’m so glad the light found me i still stumble and fall it’s a journey after all so be patient with me i’ve got miles to go i’m not what i will be it’s a struggle you see but this Light found me so i trust and i wait it’s the mess i call faith but i’m so glad the Light found me
sometimes i feel like i don’t belong i’m not a part of the song that everyone seems to know and i wonder if i’ll ever know how to sing again you see i’m not quite sure what’s deep inside i’m not quite sure that i’m all right i’m not quite sure if i matter did i ever matter hey world i wonder if it’s okay with you to quietly say i’m not okay i’m sad and don’t know why i’m mad and even when i try to find some rest all i find is just a mess i’m just a mess so i still will pray peace be still God please invade my heart and my will and let me see what you see in me and rest i am a mess but i’ll rest in You i’ll rest in You
In my previous post I shared images from the General General Theological Seminary campus in Chelsea NY, the location of a spiritual retreat that Ruth, my wife, and I attended last week. In this post, just a few pics from a walk we took to the Chelsea Piers before having dinner at the Empire Diner.
My wife, Ruth, and I had the opportunity to attend a spiritual retreat last week at General Theological Seminary, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Situated on the west side of Manhattan, the seminary’s first building was build in 1827. The retreat and location provided the perfect setting for solitude, reflection and excellent talks from our retreat guides. We can’t wait to return.
dear mommy dear daddy i’m sorry you’re sad i want you to know that i am with Peace i am at peace dear mommy dear daddy this wasn’t your fault i want you to know that i am free of pain dear mommy dear daddy when grieving gives space the light that you gave me let it shine in this world so many are living but they’re not alive lonely forgotten and screaming inside it would make me so happy to know you are listening dear mommy dear daddy give others what you gave me love light life dear mommy dear daddy if i could just say this longing this knowing it’s not supposed to be this way we all know it we all see it do you know what it means that we all know this place that we never have seen where all is made right no darkness only light where mommies and daddies at the end of the day hug their children and play and love is over all in all between all so let us all pray Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven - written with lament, sorrow, love and prayers for those who lost everything and for the community of Uvalde
Winter Garden, Florida was a delightful downtown with amazing boutiques, eateries and coffee shops. Shout out to Main House Market (best peppermint lavender kombucha on the planet!) and Doxology.
We are enjoying some getaway time in the Sunshine State. Say hello to Cocoa Beach!
I’ve got the backyard blues, and I am so happy!