Reading This For Life

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?
~William Stafford, “You Reading This, Be Ready” from Ask Me

Nearly ten years of daily writing here in this spot:

I have met many people who I will never meet face to face but who share with me
their love of the land,
their family,
their animals
and most of all —
our Lord.

What do I want to remember?

Mostly, I want to remember your light and love as it finds its way through the darkest and thorniest corners of my life:

a kind word, a silent tear, a crooked smile, a whispered prayer.

What do I want you to remember having visited here?

I want you to remember
there is warmth in these words
and colors in these photos
that don’t come close to what it is like for real.

Mostly, I want you to know that each morning,
I send out this love to hundreds I’ll never meet,
but who are nevertheless my Barnstorming brothers and sisters.

Carry me with you and pass the light forward.
You never know where it might end up.

14 thoughts on “Reading This For Life

  1. Oh, Emily! This was so beautiful–so personal–opening up your heart–“sending out your love” day by day–and in such warm, thoughtful, insightful, touching ways! I loved this post from the center of my being! Something to be remembered and treasured. And, you haven’t met us face to face–yet–but I know that some bright morning, we will all get together and share, with thanksgiving, the love you have given us so faithfully each day.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gifts of photography and word crafting that touches my heart and spirit! Your posts are a daily blessing and pause for gratefulness to the Lord Jesus Christ!

    A fellow lover of horses…but sadly not an owner…, Kayla Evans

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  3. …But your words and photographs bring important thoughts and visions to the start of our days and we are so very thankful! God is blessing so many of us through you.
    Chris and Glenn Perica
    Ft. Collins, Colorado

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