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Rhythms inside

Sheep under a tree near Dorset, England.

so i often wonder if your story shares the same rhythms as mine

do you feel the ebb and flow of grace and love rippling between our lives?

will there always be a kindred hope that keeps our journey’s tied?

and even though it’s been so long and we are so far away, does a joy remain inside?
 

dm 2010

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One of these someday

A reminder that the kind of person someone needs me to be today may be the kind of person I’ll need someone to be for me on another day…

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.

-Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Also has a familiar scriptural resonance:

Treat others just as you want to be treated…when you find yourself in the same situation as them!  Luke 6:31 + Denise’s addendum

God give us the strength and grace to live in such a way.

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Definition of Friendship

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.” – George Eliot

Well, if I could be this kind of friend to those whose lives intersect with mine, it could possibly be the most transformative thing I ever do.

It reflects the heart of God in his friendship with us – willing to see us for who we are in the limelight and the shadows, coming close to sift through the inconsistencies and using his divine breath to blow away the chaff that diminishes the meaning of our lives.

Seems like the appropriate and powerful response to that kind of friendship with the Creator would be to lavishly give it away in my own life. 

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At 17

Here I find myself once again

Walking this lonely road

I’ve traveled miles without the hand of a friend

to share the journey

I’m not really all alone

But feel like I’m walking

with strangers who never feel like home

and don’t know my story.

DM 2008

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Grace is when…

GRACE:  benefaction, beneficence, benevolence, caritas, charity, clemency, compassion, compassionateness, favor, forbearance, forgiveness, generosity, good will, goodness, indulgence, kindliness, kindness, leniency, lenity, love, mercy, pardon, quarter, reprieve, responsiveness, tenderness

Grace is when I’ve used up all my chances and still get another

Grace is when your humility transforms my pride

Grace is when forgiveness extends a hand to my reckless choices

Grace is when gentleness meets my harsh words

Grace is when you hold on even though I am kicking and screaming at you

Grace is when you give me a break

Grace is when I’ve broken my promise and you still keep yours

Grace is when I’ve injured you and you bandage my wounds

Grace is when I’m surprised by a moment of underserved compassion

What is grace to you? When has grace been poured out on you?

What moments of grace can you recall in your life?

Finish the sentence: Grace is when…

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