What is sacred about all of our lives, even those of us who would never dream of using such a word for it, is that God speaks to us through what happens to us - even through such unpromising events as walking up the road to get the mail out of the mailbox, maybe, or seeing something in the news that brings you up short, or laughing yourself silly with a friend. If skeptics ask to be shown an instance of God speaking to them in their lives, I suggest that they pay closer attention to the next time when, for unaccountable reasons, they find tears in their eyes.
-- Frederick Buechner

Full Moon at 41

Full Moon at 41

Full Moon at 41

On a birthday when the days are short
And the sun is elsewhere giving warmth
I wondered what might best be done
To wish you light for 41

So I asked the silence for its help
Some guidance as I wish you well

How Gracious of Life
To schedule this light
And allow me to share it
On the threshold tonight
While so many pine for the past like worn pages
Your new decade starts with the lamp of all ages

This day was a new moon the year we would meet
The dark had some wonderful secrets to keep
Maybe this year is lit for the path we now see
But which spirals ahead into new mysteries:

    To encourage the faith that has led to this mark
    To comfort our hearts in the winter and dark
    To remind us that beauty and grace remain timeless
    And created by Love, for a culture thatís frightened

        Of getting too old to be scared anymore
        Of missing the mark of the suburban norm
        Of painting their picture outside of the lines
        Of loving themselves well enough to be kind
        Of losing the comforts that keep them afraid
        Of trusting the mystery by which they were made
        Of growing old thanking each birthday for life
        Of thanking the light for its glory at night

Happy 41st birthday, Janie, in this dawn of 2001
May you grow in wisdom and love with the softness of the earth herself.

I love you

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