There are songs that move the mountains and stars, and capture a moment forever.
Paul and I are laying side by side on the desert sand. We're in sleeping bags, along the banks of a reservoir. (This is called "beach camping" when you live in Arizona). The sky is a black stretched canvas, and the stars watch us as we rest.
I hold Paul's hand, as I have for the last eight months. With his hand in mine, I feel an overwhelming sense of rightness and serenity. I hear from a neighboring campsite the unmistakable tone of Bruce Springsteen: "She'll let you in her house/If you come knockin' late at night."
My eyes fill with happy tears and I know--I just know---that I will spend the rest of my life with this man.
I know that the rest of the song is about boundaries and barriers, but the part that remains sacred is how I let Paul into my house, and how it is complete because of him.
I met my friend for coffee. On Saturday morning, she and her husband are traveling to China to pick up their son. They loved him before they knew him, and they will meet him for the first time and take him home.
He's five. He's beautiful. When I look at the pictures of this young man, I can't wait to see him smile, or climb on the playground, or roughhouse with his brother and sister. I can't wait to see him run to my friend when he needs a hug.
Soon he will be in his forever home.
As I drove away from the coffee shop, a song popped in my head, the same song that ran through my head in the days following both Owen and Joel's respective births.
Neutral Milk Hotel sings:
What a beautiful face I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet, let me hold it close and keep it here with me
I send love and good wishes to my friend as she departs to finds her beautiful face in China.
And I'm reminded again of my own beautiful dreams. Soft and sweet, I hold them close, and keep them here with me.
What are the sacred songs that capture a moment for you?