Archive for July, 2010

Roots….

Posted in Where Angels Perch with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by rodzink

My brother and I dug.  It was a sole white pine in the midst of a fertile, unturned field.  It stood no more than 3′ tall and I was not much its superior.  Tim dug around its tender roots and we moved it to our backyard.  I was no more than 5 years old.   Today, my uncle owns that very home… and that very tree.   

Baker, this week… you’re celebrating another birthday… another ring in the core of who you are… like the tree that was planted decades ago… it just happens.. before our very eyes.  I’ve watched and been proud. Like the white pine in my childhood yard… the roots hold firm and spread far…far beyond the reaches of her shade.  We are so much more than our limbs and leaves… we are that place deep within.. the heart… and soul…  the memories… the dreams… the light.  You were formed, just the way you are, by the hand of God… placed here… A gift… a priority… a son. 

In a few days, your friends will meet us to celebrate …. to splash and run… laugh and feast….. your 12 years.  But tonight, I simply want to sit across the table from you…our family…. and remind you that I celebrate “you” each and every day. 

My blood flows in your veins…. our roots are inseperably intertwined… our eyes are on the same mountains… Days are coming as you grow…. you’ll learn to make decisions.. change directions… discover more of yourself… of others… we are in the midst of many great things and on a path that we’ll walk as a  family… scale mountains…. descend valleys…. cross rivers…. sit on unbelievable vistas… staring at the horizon. 

I am so proud of you. Proud that you’re my son… that you have my name…. and walk this path long after I am finished.  I love who you are… your very heart… your kindness…toughness…courage…  I will always come to you when you need me… often wait on you to call me..  watch with pride.  I am that man… that father… my desires….my dreams…. my goals… are towards you.. Belle…

Happy Birthday, Baker… Happy Birthday.

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Inshallah…..

Posted in Where Angels Perch with tags , , , on July 4, 2010 by rodzink

Sitting on my front porch… anticipating a lethargic sun and her steady climb over the dew covered trees… shedding a revealing light on another day.  From her cloudless vista, she can see well beyond my limited vantage point… she knows the intricate details far in advance as this meandering Earth spins, displaying another vulnerable day of sporadic activity beneath omnipotent yellow rays….

….but I have heard it in my grandmother’s prayers from a childhood of sitting at her table…. my name rolled off her small lips and grasped immediately with an attentive ear… stored in a safe place… kept for His discerning implementation and timing… He heard her repetitious requests… the unrelenting cry of a determined woman… to bless and carry a young boy…  This seemingly uncontrollable spin of each day… is not without design.  From His perch… He sees the whole of the matter… the setting of many suns… the break in the clouds… the trials and the lessons… the steps we have… and haven’t taken…  He noticed the heart of another and placed it nearby… and provided her with virtue and patience… He knows all things. 

… this morning… another day is dawning… breaking somewhere over the horizon… but it is dark yet on my porch… Dark enough that I have to rely on my experiences….faith… patience… knowing that many times, I’ve watched the light throw her reds and yellows across a blackened canvas… chasing away an innocent dark veil….  Beautiful… far-reaching…. penetrating warmth…  I pray that my voice can be heard on high.. and a watchful hand reaches down…cups my children…my family… hears the voice of their father… stores the words… and unfolds them before their paths…

….and we’ll wait… watch…prepare for another beautiful day… as it appears…

Inshallah…