Good for the Soul

Marshes of Glynn

Marshes of Glynn

I have been spending some time in my home state of Georgia over the last couple of weeks before heading to Nairobi. This weekend, my family spent time in St. Simons Island, one of our favorite spots in all of Georgia. As we were boating through the coastal waterways around St. Simons yesterday and enjoying the bright sun, blue skies and peaceful marshes, my sister said “this is good for the soul”. I couldn’t agree more. And, so does famous Georgian poet, Sidney Lanier, in one of his mostly widely read poems, “The Marshes of Glynn”. In this poem he describes the marshes and the sea and how their vastness are the expression of the greatest of God and are filled with power and mystery.

Marshes of Glynn

Marshes of Glynn

Oh, what is abroad in the marsh and the terminal sea?

Somehow my soul seems suddenly free

From the weighing of fate and the sad discussion of sin,

By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn.

(excerpt from “The Marshes of Glynn” by Sidney Lanier)

Sidney Lanier Bridge (view from St. Simons Island)

Sidney Lanier Bridge (view from St. Simons Island)

Georgia’s tallest cable-stayed suspension bridge is named after Sidney Lanier and connects the mainland to several of the Golden Isles. It is a beautiful bridge and one of my favorite views around the island.

Sidney Lanier Bridge

Sidney Lanier Bridge (photography credit goes to Jimmy Allgood on this one)

The District

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I love DC. It has been my home for almost 15 years. Yes, I said it. I want to believe it’s only been a couple of years, but I have spent almost the same amount of time in DC that I spent in my hometown in middle Georgia. That is crazy.

I love DC mostly because of the people, but I also think it is one of the most beautiful, fascinating and interesting cities in the world. I have run, biked, roller bladed, “ubered”, walked and even motorcaded the infamous “grid” of DC. I have met people from every corner of the earth and every corner of the city. It is a complex city, and topics of conversation about the city can never be exhausted. Most importantly to me, it has been the city I have learned who I am and what I love in life. I have had experiences that I will never forget and made friends that will be in my life forever.

Thank you, DC, for an amazing life. See you later….

Here are some shots of the US Capitol that I’ve taken over the past year.

Morning run, Summer 2013.

Morning run, Summer 2013.

Drive home from work in Northeast DC, January 2013.

Drive home from work in Northeast DC, January 2013.

Evening run, Fall 2013.

Evening run, Fall 2013.

Closing a door to open another.

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Yesterday was a milestone day for me. I walked through the doors of McLean Bible Church for possibly the last time. Wow, what a journey it has been inside of those doors. For over 12 years, I have been in that building thousands of times to learn, grow and serve. It is the place where I came to understand who Christ is and what He has done for me. It is the place where God’s people have nurtured and encouraged a vibrant walk with the Lord. And, it is the place where I have served countless hours to show the love of God to others. I am forever grateful for McLean Bible Church. The Lord has used this church to prepare me for my future.

Thank you, MBC.