Frightfully Delighted

I had a strange moment yesterday when Bec brought in the mail. There was a manila envelope in the pile that had my name hand written on the outside. When I opened it all that fell out was CD. For a moment, I was in a bit of a panic. My fear, the great clog that had closed off my throat was caused by the fear that an ex had found me. This is no ordinary ex. You see, my mind raced not to my high school sweetheart who used to mix tapes for me—I still owe my love of The Doors to him—but to another ex who was a convicted felon. The charge? Stabbing someone with a butter knife. Yes, in some sort of jealous rage, the butter knife was thrust deeply enough into the former girlfriend’s chest to cause hospitalization. I know how to pick them! Anyway, I thought the CD was a little warning of sorts—I was told by my psycho-ex that I would one day wake up to find myself in a coal mine shaft in West Virginia.

Luckily, when I searched further in the envelope, I discovered that the CD was, in fact, from my pastor. He had been praying for me the previous day when a song came into his head, so he felt compelled to make me a CD. Here are the words:

Someone is tossing petals in a stream
Somewhere someone is standing at the foothills of their dreams
Someone got a paintbrush, is painting over doubts
Someone opened up his eyes and saw the sun coming out
Someone was captive and found the courage to get off
From a boulder in the well, somewhere the rain has stopped
Someone is finding the place where they belong

Everyday is summer somewhere in the world
And the summer boys are headed for the falls to kiss the girls
With their impatient hands groping honey breasts and curls
They are filled with desire
And high in the hills there’s a baby being born
As forgiveness and peace wash over bruises and sores
People bridging the distance over nettles and thorns

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

A rich man counting money, a tired man counting sheep
While the safe man counts his blessings, the hungry man has beans
There’s a million people praying, raising up their eyes
To what turns out to be the same god, the same sky
We are slightly scared of death, a little bit afraid
So we celebrate everything we can think to celebrate
We shall sing out loud to keep the hounds away

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

Prisons will crumble and governments will fall
It’s the order of freedom to be preceded by walls
Cause the truth would be worthless if no one ever lied
So we carry our shame in the interest of pride
And we have all these questions to make us go roam
And we’ve got all this distance to make us come home
As the sun burns, a child learns, the tide churns, the world turns

Everyone aboard on the merry-go-round
Some things will rise up so that others come down
If the devil don’t dance, heaven won’t shine
It’s a mighty thick haze and it’s a pretty thin line
If the faucet is tightened up the love won’t flow
If the love isn’t bright enough the corn won’t grow
If the night isn’t dark enough the moon won’t glow

How beautiful is it to think of our love as a faucet? If the faucet is turned too tight, the love doesn’t flow. The love isn’t bright enough, so the corn won’t grow? Beautiful. Simply.

No need, apparently, to be afraid of the psychotic-convicted-felon-butterknife-stabbing-ex!

I love my pastor, and I suppose he has redeemed himself from telling me Sunday that he knows I have a heart now because I was holding a baby. Yes, Dave, I have a heart, and for some reason, God keeps letting you touch it again and again! Jerk.

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