Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

-Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation-

My heart is about to burst.

My brother from another mother & father, along with his family, came into town for the weekend and I got to share breakfast with them and friends this morning.  I have known Courtland since the early 90’s.  He was in elementary school and I was in middle school when we met.  We become friends, basketball buddies and family in no time. Though he is like 7ft tall, he has been known as my “little brother” amongst my circles.

The last time I saw him was 4 years ago in South Africa.  His oldest was in her mother’s womb and he & Rakiya were embarking upon a whole new adventure together… parenthood. Since then life has happened for us both and this weekend I got to be in communion with him, Rakiya and his TWO daughters.

Our time together was filled with so much life for me.


His oldest, S.F., and I bonded instantly. Last night her father shared with her that I was an artist, she looked at me and said “I am an artist.”  Indeed she is. This morning I gave her my iphone and she took some pretty cool photos. We talked about future painting sessions and the art of mixing colors. My favorite moment was when she climbed into my lap, resting her head upon my shoulder with a smile. We are family.

The Buechner quote kept running through my head the entire time we were together. It is so very true, and I am learning how true more and more each day.  All moments are key moments, and life itself truly is grace.

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