husband father provider papa great papa dad caregiver for years he’s been by her side coffee in the morning every meal prepared with pride keeping track of all the meds cleaning and cooking making the bed letting go of self in untold ways after retirement dreams placed on the shelf he tries his best and without rest he serves her he loves her caregiver such a lonely place none will ever know nor can ever trace the chores and trips to the stores how patiently he listens in the bickering it’s sometimes hard to keep emotions in line still he sighs and tries to understand tries to let it go tries to show that it’s okay really i don’t think he would want it any other way just the other day he said “after all she’s done for me i serve her” real men like my dad realize that it’s not what you have it’s not what you take or what you win or what you gain it’s losing yourself to serve another denying yourself to comfort another love is not a word it’s washing her feet helping her dress cleaning the mess changing the sheets and all rest that won’t fit on this page some might say he is a hero bigger than life exemplary extraordinary and they would be right but i think in the end my dad loves his wife his precious friend it’s Freddy and Carmen with love in their hearts right from the start they meant it till death do us part he’s still serving his bride still by her side
so i think that we should sing about the sad sad shadows why do i keep remembering their darkened glance it seems that they want to dance into the story and at any moment the sad sad shadows fall on me so about those sad sad shadows inside those weathered picture frames a broken promise here something undone there framed fractures and failures each one calls my name and the struggle starts again with one word oh the shadow of shame falls on me so listen sad sad shadows i remembered today that you don’t have to stay you’re not the whole story Light and Glory can rewrite your songs mend all the wrongs and scatter the darkness not just for a moment but for eternity all these parts of me will be restored once more oh sad sad shadow the final say will not be yours the Light will end the night and all the sad sad shadows will go away and there will be only Light
One of our rest days took us on a road trip to a children’s home located on the Bay of Santiago Atitlan. Our journey took us over twisty mountain roads that had spectacular views. Unfortunately, there were few places to stop and pull over to enjoy the views, or take some pics. As we got closer to our destination we passed through a small town that afforded us a wonderful view of the lake. The four lake view images in this post were taken from that spot.
Once we arrived at the home some of our team stayed and played with the kids, while others took a steep hike to get to the top of a ridge behind the home. The two images without water were taken as we ascended the ridge. The beauty of this country is truly stunning. Stay tuned for the next post where we will see what I saw at the top of the ridge. Thanks for stopping by.
the tomb is empty and all the emptiness inside is filled with light don’t have to run and hide i will rise because He lives the tomb is empty and all the sin inside all the tears i cried no matter what i tried only your life has resurrected mine the tomb is empty and all i’m hoping for this moment now and forevermore oh sing my soul i have a home that will never fade away oh sing my soul all will be new He is the way the truth the life the tomb is empty and all the shame inside is gone His love abides in my broken soul i am whole for He rose and the tomb is empty
dear child will you stay with me for a moment will you listen through my tears i am searching for words through the rubble of my life i need to help you see so that 20 years from this moment you will remember and weep and tell the story again dear child there is evil in this world it is plain to see all of history tells the same sad story but greater still than all we see is the darkness in you and me the darkness in you and me all the change i want this world to know all the healing that i want to see all that is broken deep inside of me oh God start with me dear child there are heroes in this world men and women brave and true facing evil charging running the fire of courage in their eyes greater than the fires all around and when walls and steel when glass and stone fell down down down it is now upon us all to remember our sons our daughters our mothers our fathers our sisters our brothers oh my God they are gone they were heroes on that day there are heroes in this world today dear child do not fear there is evil yes but greater still is the song of hope is the melody of light do you see this cross made from broken steel rising from the ashes hope rising from the pain do you see the Cross the Son of Man on a tree all the evil of the world all the darkness in you and me he bore on the tree He ran into the darkness the ground zero of our souls to set us free to mend our hearts to redeem dear child life is unimaginably beautiful delicate and fleeting so remember to sing songs about the heroes that are gone so remember the Cross still stands and calls to all giving faith giving hope giving love dear child remember tell the story remember the Cross
Enjoyed greeting the new day at Jones Beach with my dear dad.
the doctors said you were leaving i don’t see a world without you time stopped and crashed and just shattered no God please not you so many whispered ‘Our Father…’ pleading grace and mercy for you He heard all our cries every whisper a new story was written for you
undeserving and grateful we’re still here and i’m blessed to be loved by you every breath is a gift in every joy every sorrow each moment a fading song but we sing out loud into the unknown tomorrow time may fracture again so we whisper
our Father in heaven above may your name be first in our eyes may your kingdom thrive in our hearts and lives may your will be done in our love while we’re still here on earth as it is in heaven
Did you miss it this morning? It was such a beautiful start to the day. It’s OK if you did. Often in my life I miss the beauty all around me. Whether or not you and I see it, or acknowledge it, there is also beauty within. Everyone on this planet… everyone… is created in the image of Almighty God. If we truly understand this then we can define people properly. I don’t always live up to the image that I carry of my God. And many people around me don’t either. It doesn’t change how I define them… how I fundamentally understand, welcome, and accept them. This is what it means to love your fellow man… to be a good neighbor… to move into this world with light and grace.
We all have some learning to do.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
“I have come into the world as light…”
“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”