Birthday thoughts from the beach…

I think I should be allowed a mystical thought on my birthday.

Was walking on the beach. Later on was remembering the walk in a quiet moment in God’s presence. Saw a divine hand coming down and picking up a thread from the sand. As the thread was pulled, flags started to be drawn up from beneath the sands, flag by flag, until there were hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, indeed an inumerable number all strung together like celebratory bunting.

Do you know that one day your story and walk of faith will adorn the proclaiming of Jesus as Lord in a beautiful way? Some of these flags on the bunting were marked by bright laughter. Other flags were shining with a light that sparkled through tear drops. Such contrasts were obvious as I had walked on the beach; laughing children, people deep in thought, a lonely lady (a widow?) sitting on a bench and looking out to sea with her memories as her dearest bittersweet companion.

Your story and walk of faith is not forgotten. What a day it will be when all these diverse stories will be honoured, and rise from the sands of time to cry “Jesus is Lord!” So much sand on the seashore. So many stories. One Lord trusted, who has treasured our joys and gathered our tears in a bottle..

I should be allowed an eccentric thought on my birthday should I not?? Chidren and dogs on the beach reminded me of this old Shaker hymn. Love it even more  when I learned that it was maybe originally a dance!!! (Info from Wikepedia!)

“Simple Gifts” was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine. These are the lyrics to his one-verse song:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Several Shaker manuscripts indicate that this is a “Dancing Song” or a “Quick Dance.” “Turning” is a common theme in Christian theology, but the references to “turning” in the last two lines have also been identified as dance instructions. When the traditional dance is performed properly, each dancer ends up where he or she began, “come ’round right.”

Hope you have a great day coming down to where you ought to be. That’s the only way to be lifted up to where you belong!

Tis a gift to be eccentric too!! Make my birthday complete by allowing me to imagine some of you dancing this out in your own living room!


God Bless


4 comments on “Birthday thoughts from the beach…

  1. Angela says:

    That is so beautiful, Kenny.

    I see the colours just as in they are in pictures the Lord gives me from time to time, so alive, so full of hope, joy, and indescribable emotions we have yet to experience as reality.

    Have a very blessed birthday!


  2. judithjamesdavies says:

    Dancing 👣🎼👣🎼👣🎼👣


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  4. Noella Ross says:

    Happy Birthday, Kenny. A beautiful meditation, especially along the beach. God speaks to me through pictures and images also. Thank you for the blessing of dancing with this in my living room!


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