As I’ve been considering God’s fingerprints on my life thus far, I wanted to find a poem that might be a great summary of so much I have experienced. My idea was to use that poem on the dedication page of my new book “Soul Strong.”
I dedicated this book to my own two daughters — Fiona and Maggie — and to daughters everywhere.
To Fiona and Maggie I say, “Thank you for listening, loving, and still embracing me in your lives. You are certainly the most important gift I leave to a world I will never see. I am confident God has His hand on your lives and your unique stories and that the world is a better place because of the beautiful, brilliant, and brave women you are.” (p. 165)
Alas, I could not find a poem that contained just the right words. So I spent a long season in silence and prayer. And then I sat down and wrote my entire life in one short poem. This is my offering to you today, dear friend.
That day I turned around, and life had flown . . .
Whilst chasing dreams and children;
Both stumbling and soaring
in the search for holy significance.
Compassionately rescued from despair;
Gifted with a grace that accepts and extends;
Encouraged and loved.
Discovering serenity in silence,
and strength in surrender.
Filled, then poured out.
Heart broken, then mended.
Embracing creative words, life-giving music,
breathtaking beauty, and extraordinary people.
Walking with a limp, but still walking
Daily in God’s presence and power.
Learning to love everybody always.
Not a perfect life, more a passionate pursuit.
Here is what I know for sure:
We can live soul strong.
—Lucinda Secrest McDowell
under the mercy, Lucinda
©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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