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what I do

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New York, New York

Yesterday evening my daughter who recently graduated from college (the one who I went on the road trip with), flew off to New York to spend the summer back East - another new adventure for her.

She took what she could stuff into her backpack; it would have to last her for months. Goodbyes are always hard ... but airport goodbyes are the worst for me. She had an interesting commute once she arrived at JFK that required a shuttle, the subway, a bus and a van. She is a great traveller but for a parent - it is still nerve wracking. Seriously, I tried to get her a town car and she refused. I told her I would pay for a cab and she laughed at me.

After we dropped her off, my husband and I drove over to the Hollywood Bowl to see Andrea Bocelli in concert. One of the highlights of the night for us was when He sang, The Prayer, accompanied by the writer of the song, David Foster. My husband said, "This is for our daughter tonight."

I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe

I pray we'll find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night, 
Remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that's broken will be mended
and we'll remember we are all God's children
Reaching out to touch you
Reaching to the sky

We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child

We needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe
Needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe

(Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster)

It is a good prayer for all of us I think.  One that we should pray often. 

Just before Andrea he sang his final song, he sang another song that felt perfect for our evening, "New York, New York." 

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day."

Psalm 91:4-5 


Lynda said...

What a wonderful time in Griffin's life! To be young and adventurous
sounds great to me! What a wonderful job you have done raising your two daughters!

Katie said...

absolutely beautiful

Interior Design Musings said...

Hey Sherri,
Thank you for this! I've been with my Mom for the last week who just have a mastectomy. It was very difficult, but very much the same when it's someone you love! My kiddos are still small so I know this time will be so hard for me. I am thinking and praying for you and for your daughter's safety! M.

pve design said...

Please let your daughter know she is welcome at our home.....love to have her come for dinner or if she needs anything at all.

Lynn Beck said...

Hi Sherri,
Enjoyed this and related on every level. Much love to you dear friend from your old beach buddy/Marie Callenders co-worker. Lynn Beck

Unknown said...

PVE - Your are so sweet ... I just sent you a long email. I knew you would be there for her if she needed anything :D

Unknown said...

Lynn!!! Let me know how I can contact you :D
I saw your name come up on my email and thought, "Could that be the Lynn Beck I used to know?"
So happy to hear from you!