• advent journal: are you

    by  • December 15, 2013 • advent journal, friends • 6 Comments

    I’ve spent another hour or two this evening sitting my writing spot in our house trying to find words to all that is swirling around inside. For a fair part of the time I have been listening to some of the songs that make up the soundtrack of my life. Similar to last night, I found myself landing on an old song I wrote with my friend Billy about what it means to be friends, one of our recurring themes. The opening verse of the song was a snapshot of our first meeting at a youth camp in the Ozark mountains where we did sit at the top of the cliff outside the dining hall and look down into the canyon at the river below. More than twenty years later, the question in the song pulls at me still.

     

    are you

     

    put on the coffee

    and I’ll tell you a memory

    we stood on the edge of time

    as the river flowed silently by

    we looked up at the stars

    I still remember

    and talked of what your life could be

    you’re an old friend

    so won’t you tell me

     

    are you as sure of the dream

    that you had on the way

    finding enough of the truth

    at the end of the day

    caught now and then

    by something like grace are you

    are you still keeping a light on inside

    shimmer of hope against the tide

    finding that life is worth the ride

    tell me — are you

     

    remember the summer

    we told one another

    how we could change this world of ours

    and quoted our heroes by heart

    but here in this moment

    we watch the way the river bends

    you’re an old friend

    I’m going to ask you again . . .

     

    are you as sure of the dream

    that you had on the way

    finding enough of the truth

    at the end of the day

    caught now and then

    by something like grace are you

    are you still keeping a light on inside

    shimmer of hope against the tide

    finding that life is worth the ride

    tell me — are you

     

    Thanks for listening. Keep the light on.

     

    Peace,

    Milton

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    6 Responses to advent journal: are you

    1. December 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      We lived on that same slice of river for 15 years. We loved our time at Camp Ozark, and the 15 years of friends we made along the way. I have always loved this song.

    2. December 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Milton,
      You inspire. Keep writing.

      Ragan

    3. Annie Hammon
      December 16, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Thanks. Much to think about through these darkening days. I appreciate your willingness to share thoughts and feelings; to be honest when honesty isn’t a virtue we admire most days. I like the songs. They end my day well, and start me thinking in the morning.

    4. Leah King
      December 16, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Milton, the light is on, the song is singing…

    5. David R
      December 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Your youth camp memory stimulated my own. My best friend (from youth camp 1967) is still helping me find ‘enough of the truth at the end of the day’ and he knows he’s got my shoulder, if the need arises.

      Thank you.

    6. December 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Ah Milton….you remind me of who I am. Oh that I may find the space and light in the busy-ness to write down what’s inside of me…

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