Dough spins in the afternoon breeze
while the grill’s smoke dances with the wind.
Vegetables crisp, in vibrant colored bowls, rest on the table
waiting to dress the sauce slathered cradle.
As the aroma of fresh cuisine lingers in the air
the chatter increases to meet the scents.
A group of friends wishing to demonstrate love
gather round glowing embers and a candle’s wax
singing songs of well wishes to issue in this new year,
the beginning of a new decade for a dear comrade.
She’s a woman who has fought for the silenced voices,
carried healing words to balm the brokenhearted,
helping to create beauty from ashes
simply for being an encouraging presence
and a devoted daughter of a most high king.
I am blessed to be part of her life, thankful for her hospitable spirit, and joyful that I partook of the festivities of which I’ve written about above. This friend is a gift and a treasure.
Happy 30th Birthday Jamie. I hope you know how much we love you and that you’ve been such a dear friend in everyone’s life that was present last night. Our lives have been deeply enriched because we have known you.