The Trumpet Child


All this skin we live in, pass down, the feeling of held and of holding, it often keeps us attached, confuses the means with the end,

but the skin interaction can’t be the end. There are present spirit arms, even now holding – rich ground even now giving nutrients so we can take eternal root.

My identity is changing.

Abiding in God, maturing is finding simplicity in self-definition. I am belonging in God’s presence – no matter how good any arms feel.

Back home, where they know me as Carothers and my Mama as Henson, where my daddy’s roof is tin and he loves her native brown skin in the summer, we have Decoration Day. A town gathers at graves and splashes color as best they can.

There’s a more beautiful time coming. We gather, touch hands and enjoy it, then we look ahead – wanting to hear the music.

“You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

amberhaines
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9 Comments

Caroline@carolinecollie
Reply May 31, 2010

Wow. That is food for all kinds of thought. Thank you!

Prudence
Reply May 31, 2010

Wow.

Seth
Reply May 31, 2010

You are fun. That's all.

Elizabeth (@claritychaos)
Reply May 31, 2010

I can see those shifts and changes when I come here. They're subtle, but they're there. You're an inspiration and encouragement, Amber. And I mean that in an absolutely non-pressurey way. :)

j
Reply May 31, 2010

over the rhine is my favorite band, that scripture is one of my favorites, and this must be my mantra: "Abiding in God, maturing is finding simplicity in self-definition. I am belonging in God’s presence – no matter how good any arms feel."

emily wierenga
Reply June 1, 2010

thank you for helping me see those spiritual arms...

Crystal
Reply June 1, 2010

I do love living in a small town where people do remember me by my maiden name. It is so peaceful.

Jess
Reply June 4, 2010

Yes, there is a more beautiful time coming! Thanks for the reminder!

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