IN A TENDER SEASON
The Back StoryHuddled together as a group of freshmen we thought it was an odd order. As new pledges we were told that in a few weeks we would be required to sing WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM. Really? Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1965? The Beatles, Rolling Stones and 60's Rock was more our tune. But we learned it. We sang it and 50 years later those once reluctant college boys have repeatedly drawn strength from those lyrics.
When you walk through a storm
keep your chin up high
and don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm
is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a Lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown,
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never walk alone.
This time of year is an emotional fountain. Difficult and taxing in the best of times and health, but crushing and bruising for those who struggle.
Someone dear to us has suffered a horrible betrayal and a loss of dreams. She hurts, so do we and we know so do countless others for many reasons. Loss, illness, change, devastation and fear also stalk this season of joy, merriment and memories.
As we usher in a season of light and hope, we offer these as an early gift and just maybe a guiding light.
This year as we encounter realities we would not seek,
we find solace also in the continuum of life.One may draw from the quiet wisdom of age and stamina evident in nature.
Moments of serenity and memory.
Storms in nature and in human emotion pass, in time.
On the other side are beginnings, buds of newness and often a renewal.
Walk on, with hope in your heart. You'll never walk alone.
See you down the trail.