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Friday, June 10, 2005

JRE's B-Day and Inspiration

Yesterday my spouse and I were travelling in our Jennae and listening to Anne Murray. There was a song that really resonated with me, as it did with my spouse years ago. The song is called "On the Other Side".

I was thinking of one of my friends whom I saw at my conference a few days ago. He has been hurting personally because of his relationship with a woman he's lived with for many years, and now he's living like the War of the Roses, except it doesn't sound like there is any animosity. But he lives in the basement of his own home, with emotional barriers all around.

Like all of us, my friend is experiencing pain, confusion, and deep disappointment. Perhaps doubt too. JRE, when he lost his son, when he and John Kerry lost the election, and when Elizabeth announced she had cancer, has always looked at the other side:

On the other side of doubt is faith
On the other side of pain lies strength
The journey may seem endless
And You know the road is rough
But on the other side of fear... is love

John, I wish you the best birthday today for helping us all think about the Other Side and inspiring us. To my hurting friend, this too shall pass.

Have some cake.


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