• lenten journal: when it don’t come easy

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    Our former foster daughter came to Durham this weekend because she is hurting and needed to be cared for. The only words I can find tonight belong to Patty Griffin and her song, “When It Don’t Come Easy” because it is such a tangible description of what love is: “if you break down, I’ll drive out and find you.” I know it is not the first time I’ve mentioned this song, but tonight it’s time to sing it again.

    red lights are flashing on the highway
    I wonder if we’re gonna ever get home
    I wonder if we’re gonna ever get home tonight
    everywhere the waters getting rough
    your best intentions may not be enough
    I wonder if we’re gonna ever get home tonight

    but if you break down
    I’ll drive out and find you
    if you forget my love
    I’ll try to remind you
    and stay by you when it don’t come easy

    I don’t know nothing except change will come
    year after year what we do is undone
    time keeps moving from a crawl to a run
    I wonder if we’re gonna ever get home

    you’re out there walking down a highway
    znd all of the signs got blown away
    sometimes you wonder if you’re walking in the wrong direction

    but if you break down
    I’ll drive out and find you
    if you forget my love
    I’ll try to remind you
    and stay by you when it don’t come easy

    so many things that I had before
    that don’t matter to me now
    tonight I cry for the love that I’ve lost
    and the love I’ve never found
    when the last bird falls
    and the last siren sounds
    someone will say what’s been said before
    some love we were looking for

    but if you break down
    I’ll drive out and find you
    if you forget my love
    I’ll try to remind you
    and stay by you when it don’t come easy

    Peace,
    Milton

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