“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, 
“No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”
~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

Today is your birthday and 
today i am choosing joy.  
 i remember you and my thoughts are of heaven
 my God who is perfect and makes no mistakes has taken this day 
from me and made it nearly perfect. 

i made it to the gym
i changed diapers 
i blew bubbles
i picked up pinecones and waved at the mail lady.

i let a perfect stranger with a cane and white hair nuzzle his face into
my baby's head in Kmart as his wife looked on from her wheelchair.
hampton squeezed his finger and laughed and smiled
and pure joy rushed in

Tears in Kmart. 
happy tears because i know that's what you would have done
you loved old people

Today i am choosing joy all day long for you
because i know there is a God
and i know where you are

Oh happy day my precious friend. 

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