Calling on your collective prayer

Lance looked at me the other day and said, “I think these past couple weeks have been the hardest of all.” That was no exaggeration. If we had a swimming pool it would have been filled with our tears. Without going into too much detail, since we returned from Puerto Rico, Lance hasn’t been feeling that great. As a couple, we have had to endure some of the most emotionally draining conversations imaginable…ones that some day I hope to encourage all couples to have now and not at a more difficult time in your life. I know one couple that has these conversations all the time and I used to think to myself, “That’s so strange.” But they were definitely onto something. But I will have to share those at another time because right now it’s too painful. This path is not for the faint of heart.

So my purpose of writing this, is to ask for your collective prayers. I met with a woman last week who was a retired pastor. I said, “How do you pray?” I asked for myself as well as for others because I know for some it’s not natural or just the word “prayer” does not resonate with them. She said praying can be deep breathing, lighting a candle, it can be drumming, dancing, singing, it can be being in nature, running along the beach…it’s just about being in your heart. So for all of you, who know and love Lance please pray for him in whatever way that has meaning for you. As I write this, I am looking at his sweet sleeping face and thinking where is my magic fairy dust to make all of this go away? Well I don’t have any magic dust but we do have an amazing community of friends that I am calling on to send love, prayers, thoughts & light to our man.

Every time I talk to my dad on the phone he says, “I’m looking at your picture right now.” I know the picture well. Probably his proudest moment as a photographer. The irony is not lost on me that I am probably the same age as my daughter is now…around 7 years old, running in front of a water fountain in San Francisco…everything is blurry except me running in mid air and I am perfectly in focus with a big smile on my face…not a care in the world. Can’t help but think, sure would be nice to be that little girl right now.

With love from both of us,
Nancy

 

123 thoughts on “Calling on your collective prayer

    • namaste lance and nancy. i got to spend time with ted leiser the other night…and we spoke of what an inspiration you both are…and at this time in my life, while journeying through my own health issues, i just want you both to know that your courage has been a HUGE inspiration and comfort to me. as an oncology nurse i have been blessed to witness many people square up to dis-ease, and it’s many faces…you guys are something special though…just beautiful truth, courage and vulnerability…at it’s most pure. huge prayers for you both, your children, your extended family and the many friends i know hold you dear…with deep respect, susan jones

  1. the only prayer i say is the one i got many years ago from another fellow may 10ther, dr. wayne dyer. i say it in the morning when i wake up and i say it right before bed (i am never HBT, BTW!). the prayer is simple, yet not always easy to remember.

    here goes:

    thank you.

    xoxo

    kate+ harper+ joel

  2. There are probably many parts of your life that feel out of focus right now while you focus on what’s most important. You’re doing amazing ( and hard) work right now being positive and pro-active. I have no doubt that lots of love and prayers (whatever their incarnation) are hurtling towards you at any given time of day or night. Be well. LT

  3. I am praying for continued strength for all four of you Nance. I also am spending time praying that Lance has peace and softness in his heart as you all continue having these emotionally draining conversations. Sending warmth and love…

  4. Dear Lance and Nance,
    Sending you much love from across the seas.
    big big hugs
    Jenxx

    ‘I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.’ Dalai Lama

  5. Nancy
    I’m so sorry your heart is so heavy and things are so painful. I applaud and am grateful for your willingness to share yourself so generously at a time it would be so easy I curl inward.
    I will continue to ask my family and my students to offer you and lance and the kids daily prayers, more than you could even hold. Much love to you all.
    Best
    Taylor

  6. We’re sending all our thoughts, love, and prayers your way, and wishing you the best. And as you look at that photo of yourself as a young girl, remember what Einstein said: “The distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one.”

  7. Nancy and Lance
    You are always in my prayers
    Always but I will pray even more more more more more for lance
    Your man nancy your amazing man!
    Love you both
    Hug and kisses
    Susan

  8. Lance and Nancy and family,
    We are with you, and thinking about you all the time. Just know that you are loved by so many, even people who don’t really know you. And you are making a difference through your journey. Enjoy today!

  9. I think of you and your Whole Family…always in my prayers
    Today someone I know asked for a new alternative treatment to getting well…besides the 3 tons of garlic and 60 gallons of green juice …I thought about smiling all the way from the inside to the outside and swallowing the sun whole and radiating that beautiful light…Blessings on you Nancy for being so strong
    Love Jill

  10. So much love and so many prayers; you are both amazing and strong and beautiful. I hope you find peace and joy together and with your sweet children in all the days to come, knowing you are surrounded by a community of people ready to hold you up and nurture you and love you throughout.

  11. Although I only know you and Lance peripherally, I read your blog every time and I love it but wish deeply that this wasn’t happening to you and your family. I will continue to think positive healing thoughts for Lance. This might be a crazy idea but someone sent this to me and perhaps it will be helpful if you all haven’t tried it yet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0nLdVJiIg
    One last thing, thanks to you I am drinking chorella again and relishing all the kale I can. You are an inspiration. Peace and of course, love, laughs, & giggles.

  12. “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” -John Vance Cheney

    All my love and prayers are with you, today and everyday. Stay strong.

    In deepest love,

    Diana

  13. Nancy and Lance, your collective strength knows no limits and your love and resilience humbles me. I am praying for you both and for your families and sending you lots of love from over seas. Thank you both for teaching all of us so much.

  14. Many prayers and positive thoughts for all of you, Nancy.

    I’ll ask our little Logan to spread some of her fairy dust when she says her nightly prayers for Lance.

    Much love- Killough Family

  15. Sending lots of love and endless prayers to Lance and your family. Stay strong. We are all with you in spirit my friend.

  16. Lance you are always in my heart, in my thoughts and in my prayers.
    I keep a place for you Nan and the kids too!
    This has been a tough fight for all of you but I believe in “TEAM LANCE”!!

    Lance, you are one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever met, I saved a voice mail you left me a month ago. I listen to it whenever I’m feeling down and it brings my spirit up. You called to check on me after I had experienced three of the toughest months of my life. Despite everything that you have been going through, you stopped to think about me and to see if there was anything you could do for me.
    I think about all of my encounters with you over the 9 years that I’ve known you and they have always involved you offering some kind of support be it personal or professional. This past year has been hard on you physically and mentally but you continue to give and to try and take care of everyone else. You are a beautiful person (heart, mind and soul) and I love you so much!

    Try and stop worrying about all of us and use your energy to heal yourself. Let us take care of you for a change! Nan, I know Lance would never ask so please let me know if you need anything at all.

    I love you Lance, you are in my heart and I am sending you every ounce of healing vibes and good energy that I can manifest!

    xx,
    Julie

  17. I think of you both so often and will continue to pray for peace and serenity in your hearts – much much love

  18. Dear sweet family,
    Thinking of you all and sending you love, light and our version of special prayers for Lance.

  19. Jessica and I have not stopped praying for your family. I feel that all of you need a little light sent your way and she is definitely the most pure heart in our family. Also, she is our connection: our 2 little sweeties born in the same month of the same year. I’ve shared this with you before: our prayers are in the form of a bed time blessing. We will continue to send our blessings and light your way. With love and light, Heather

  20. So inspired by your blog, which I read faithfully! Picturing your family surrounded by light and love. Praying for you.
    XO
    Amy

  21. Hi Lance and Nancy!!
    You guys are always in my thoughts and prayers. You have both shown great strength and wisdom and know how to live every day to it’s fullest. Keep that attitude.
    Love you lots.
    Devon

  22. I am on the East Coast about to go to Vermont, where I spent my Summers as a kid and young adult at a very special Summer Camp. For me it is the most healing, loving place on Earth and I will eagerly share what gain from this experience by sending it your way as I get it all weekend. Love, Amos

  23. I am filled with everything not said. With the space between your words. And I’m filling all that space with a meditation/vision of the brightest light energy and God’s grace & mercy and joyfulness and a bouncy dancing swirl and the sound of the ocean and laughter. Sending love love love and more love. xo Christine

  24. Love you guys so much and really miss you. Lance you definitely have the coolest wife in the world. You will be in my prayers everyday my brother !!!
    peace,
    Andrew

  25. Nancy & Lance- I’ve never known if I know how to “pray hard” unitl now and it feels so good to do- for you. I think maybe I never knew how to “pray hard” because it was all about myself. You keep teaching the rest of us lessons without even trying. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being you.

  26. Sending lots of love… and more love and more peace in your hearts… and most of all fewer tears and more smiles… that smile of a seven-year-old… untamed, without bounds, beautiful.

  27. From each of the kid’s prayer books…

    Angel of God
    my Guardian
    dear, to whom
    God’s love
    entrusts me
    here
    Ever this day
    be at my side
    to light and guard
    to rule and
    guide
    Amen

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep
    I’ll sleep until the morning light
    And God will guide me through
    the night
    Amen

  28. Lance and Nance~

    I am sending prayers and all my heart and love to you both-

    And in practice, I will breath in your tears, exhaling peace and light your way.

    xo

    Sherri

  29. I am praying. I feel sad that you are filling a pool with tears. When I pray for you, I keep seeing Lance, the expression and posture he has when something sort of ridiculous makes him smile and shake his head (usually something you have just said, Nancy). I love seeing him do that over and over. So I will not stop praying.
    Xxx

  30. You are a inspiration in my life. Even if I don’t know you guys personally, I think of you with lot’s of love. Of course I’m going to find my way to pray for you and Lance.
    Love
    Paola

  31. as you have always said through this tough year: stay in the moment and derive strength from it when you can. You have a huge network of friends and family who are all rooting bigtime for you and your family … so when you are feeling low on strength, try to imagine us circling all around you, arms wide open, doing what we can….

    Becca

  32. I think about you guys all the time (as I said once before, I send all my best during yoga quite often). Even though we rarely see each other, you’ve made an impact on my life through the past & through these blogs. I’m praying & sending all my positive thoughts, strength & energy to you both! As a couple and as individuals you are inspiring. Love to you & love to your beautiful kids, Kelly

  33. holding you all in my heart. sending big love!
    this chant just popped into my mind

    may the long time sun
    shine upon you
    all love surround you.
    and the pure light
    within you
    guide your way on.

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  35. Nancy and Lance, I know we are somewhat in the outer edges of your community, but I want you to know that you are in my prayers. I will amp it up as it seems the whole family could use them. Just know that prayers from all over are pouring towards you…flooding you with love and support. Use them as a raft to float upon when you need to. Joe’s post above says it all. LOVE! Patty

    • I actually don’t think of you on the outer edges at all. I have longer conversations with you than most. Thank you Patty. xoxo

  36. Nancy and Lance,
    You and your family are in my heart, my prayers and my wishes. I am so amazed at how much you are loved and cared for. It says so much about who you are. Your community is holding you so dear. Much love and warmth, Sienna

  37. You are both so strong and open-hearted and willing to share so much of what you are learning and living. You are incredible teachers. It is an honor to be part of a prayer collective, especially for you, Lance. With all my heart I pray for you and I believe in you.

  38. Every day I wish I could do more than pray for you all! Everyday I think of you and wish I had some power to change this! Everyday I send my love to you. Everyday I admire your strength, wisdom & devotion. You have made me think of things I would not have thought of otherwise. For that- I thank YOU!
    I love you,
    Gina

  39. LLL OOOOO V V EEEEEEE
    lllllll o O V V E
    lllllll O O V V EEEE
    lllllll O o V V E
    LLLLLLLL OOOOO V EEEEEEE
    may it bundle you up and wrap you in warmth and
    coziness!!!! i wish i could make you a magical wooden
    wand to sprinkle that magical fairy dust all over! i’m
    praying to the big man, the buddha, the all mighty, the
    creator, the ocean gods, the tree gods, all the GODS.
    i love you guys and i will be deep deep in my heart
    for you…………..xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  40. Lance I miss you! And love you so much! I think of you often and pray for you every night! You have a beautiful family. Nancy you are so strong your words and passion in what you say and do is truly admirable! If there is ever anything I could do please let me know!
    Your cousin
    Brandy

  41. Dear Lance and Nancy,
    You have inspired me to pray.
    You have inspired me to listen to my husband (more!).
    You have inspired me to drink lemon juice, chlorophyll and aloe vera juice.
    Thank you – of course we will raise you up in our prayers and in our hearts.
    With love and green poop,
    Elizabeth

  42. I am always praying for you …
    I am looking at your beautiful faces in a photo everyday …EVERY DAY!
    You are smiling at me and I am smiling back at you now.
    I love you both so much. Always.
    Lance, you amaze me.
    xoxo,
    Kelly

  43. Lance & Nancy:

    Your email made my heart strings strum with deep love and admiration for you both. I will walk the farm tomorrow “praying” for you. I will keep your sweet souls present when I meditate in the morning. I will ask Patty to send her especially potent white light and reiki energy your way. I will say a traditional prayer for my man before bed. It was so great seeing Lance a few weeks ago. He made the scant spring snow glimmer. Your love inspires. Boat loads of love from Patty and me! Vince DiBianca

  44. Nance: Brave and gracefully written post. Praying for you and the kids too.

    Lance: Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, with love.

    xoxo Rox

  45. lance, Nancy and family, the whole Simon clan is sending all our love, good thoughts and mojo out your way. I am praying for all you guys every night!!

    All our mad Love,
    Steve, Cathy, Mack, Arlo, Mutley and Riloh Simon

  46. Djordje and I are sending our love, energy and daily prayers to you. White light flowing in from China.
    Your strength and courage have been an inspiration to me this past year and a half, and have helped me deal with my health issue…I only wish there was something I could give back to help you guys.
    You have my love…and my prayers,
    Betsy

  47. This journey we call life can have some hellacious twists and turns can’t it? I wish there was something I could do to take away all the pain and suffering this part of the ride has caused you, and I’ll continue to keep you central in my meditations and prayers. But know that no matter where this adventure leads to, you are blessed beyond words to have each other, your family and friends, and, ultimately, this experience to show you how vast and deep our collective love is. I’m wishing you much peace-and will have you close to my heart forever. Miracles happen-they already have in many ways. Here’s to more. I love you guys, Ted

  48. Your family is in my heart and I am sending you love, courage, faith and support. May you feel surrounded and protected by boundless love. I wish I had some magic fairy dust too…

  49. Lance and Nancy – I have not left many notes, you have plenty indicating your reach. I doesn’t mean I don’t follow the blog. Caught something Lance said about “giving back” in reference to the Mexican school that was built. I think everyone would agree you have and are giving back your most important gift to everyone with each blog and suggestion for living and loving. Many have made me think beyond my norm…and that is pretty impressive.
    Thanks for what you do – and my strongest wishes for Lance’s best health.

  50. In these times of tears, know you are teaching us all to be better people through your example. It is a strong gift, and I thank you for it. Our prayers include you.

  51. Nancy and Lance — I continue you to think and pray for you and I’m sending you huge amounts of love and peace. Thank you for sharing and reaching out at this time. You are so strong that letting your friends in on your hard days hasn’t been easy. I love you Lance! …. and j t’aime Nancy (because, just this once, I’ll admit I thought you were French). xx And I love your friend’s prayer of just a simple, ‘thank you’ morning and night.. thanks for that.

  52. Your love, courage, and honesty are a light for all to follow. What a gift to all.
    Sending prayers, and prayers, and prayers.
    With gratitude and much love.

    Andrew

  53. Thanks to Lance, I am still savoring Million Miles, page by page. And I just read the following passage before seeing your last post. This passage reads to me like a prayer for Lance right now. It’s the passage that comes just after Miller describes paddling into a lagoon at 4 in the morning after 24 hours of paddling. When he arrived, there was bioluminescence in the lagoon. All the fish swimming below were lighting up the lagoon, making the whole ocean glow like a swimming pool, the fish streaking under his boat like a meteor shower.

    The prayer passage:
    ***
    It’s like this with every crossing, and with nearly every story too. You paddle until you no longer believe you can go any farther. And then suddenly, well after you thought it would happen, the other shore starts to grow, and it grows fast. The trees get taller and you can make out the crags in the cliffs, and then the shore reaches out to you, to welcome you home, almost pulling your boat onto the sand.
    ***
    Keep paddling, all of you, towards that shore of wellness. It may be closer than you think. My heart and prayers are with you.

  54. Love, light, laughter, strength, compassion, peace, hope…all of these I am visualizing for you…really, really praying for your whole family.
    xo, Heather Willison (and Tim, Grayton & Campbell)

  55. lance and nancy… you both and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers… and in the sunflowers planted alongside these… sending a bucketful of love into the ocean of support beneath you… xoxo kristen

  56. Hi Lance-

    I don’t know you well (I believe we’ve only met once), but everything my Dad has told me of you is truly inspiring. I won’t pretend to fully understand or relate to what you’re going through, but I suppose I just wanted to let you know that you and your beautiful family are in my deepest thoughts and prayers. From what I know of you, you are an exceptionally good father, man, and soul on this earth. Unfortunately, in my relatively brief time here those qualities are all too rare in people. I thank you for all of the support you’ve given my Dad in his troubled times, and doing so with an such an impossibly full plate is that much more special. You’ll be in my mind with unwavering positive thoughts, Lance.

    Best,

    Max Caukin

  57. Lance and Nancy,
    Our chanting, prayers, light and love coming to you from South Korea a couple of days before Buddha’s Birthday.
    Big endless love to you – from Dae Bong Sunim and Mu Sang Sunim

  58. Hi Lance and Nancy,
    You both are always in my prayers and I think of you often. Thank you for all you share in your honesty and blogs, I look forward to reading them every time they pop up on my email. I will continue to send prayers, light and love your way, everyday! In fact, I am blasting you RIGHT NOW 🙂
    Much love,
    Sunny

  59. sending hugs, love, prayers, especially prayers for peace….
    i am wishing for constant cuddle puddles for you and your kids right now….
    I am also constantly amazed at your connection outward, Lance, when it would be so easy to curl in. Every time I see you, your first question is “how are your kids?” “how are you?”. You always still have that infectious laughter and silliness and lightness even in the moments when you feel the worst.
    wishing peace and lightness
    love
    xoxoxoxo

  60. Lance and Nance,

    Your positive spirit and love is contagious…thank you for sharing so openly.

    We will continue to pray for Lance’s comfort, strength, and health; and tonight will be lighting a candle in honor of the entire Gentry family, friends, and loved ones. Please join us if you’d like.

    God bless you, Gentry Clan.

    Much love, Andy

  61. I will chant the Mi sheberakh, a Jewish prayer for healing for you and your family. Much love, Margot

    May the Source of strength
    Who blessed the ones before us
    Help us find the courage
    To make our lives a blessing.
    Bless those in need of complete healing with
    The renewal of body,
    The renewal of mind,
    The renewal of spirit.
    Amen.

  62. Dear Lance and Nance,

    I love you guys. Sending you as much energy as I can from Kyeryongsan Mountain in South Korea, where we have our international zen center. Kyeryongsan is known throughout Korea as a great place of spiritual energy and power, so now it is yours. Dae Bong Sunim also sends all his love.

    I’m also sending you separately a teaching of Dae Soen Sa Nim’s and something else that you might find useful.

    Lots of love!

  63. Annie at anunrefinedvegan.com told me about your situation and your blog nearly a month ago. I have been praying for you both every day since. Prayers aren’t always in your heart, but a literal conversation with our Heavenly Father. He loves you both dearly and knows you and knows your fears and your needs.

    I even started growing my own wheatgrass because of the two of you (would you believe I like it?) I will double my efforts and keep praying for you, for hope, for healing, for peace.

    Love,
    Somer

  64. I thought I had this whole word thing figured out. Like maybe I could discover the right combination to unlock the healing power of the universe so that it might pour down like a shaft of light and cure you for keeps. And then my feelings went looking for them and they were nowhere to be found.

    Then I told myself a story of how your current woes came from sneaking out for late-night Chupacabra burgers and Puerto Rican rum with pirates, while Nancy smiled beneath her eye-pillow dreaming of chlorophyll. But it was just a story after all, and no closer to the truth of what I feel than it is to the truth itself.

    And then I realized I was just thinking of you. Just holding you and Nancy and your kids and your families in my heart and thoughts, and the words and feelings felt a little closer. Then praying with you, for you, and they felt closer still. Finally, just your amazing spirit and how much I love and admire you both and wish there was something I could do, anything at all, to make your load a little lighter.

    Another windy day today. A day between seasons. Another day of horses backwards, and birds sideways. Covered in leaves the branches dance crazy in the wind, and who can blame them? If we were covered in leaves we would dance day and night ourselves, even just a little. And if we were the wind we would go wherever we wanted whenever we liked, even through the willows.

    These dreams of you, so real and so true….

    love & peace,
    Ethan

  65. Dear Nancy and Lance, we are praying for you and sending hugs, strength and much love your way. I wish we were in Boulder so we could help out even more in person, but, please know that we are thinking of you and sending positive energy and light your way from overseas. Love, xoxo, Pito and Eric

  66. At times like this it is difficult to understand how all of this can be for the best, how joy can come out of suffering, fear and pain. May the journey be gentle. Our prayers are with you. May sadness be punctuated with moments of clarity, love and understanding.

    So many hugs, Leyla and our family.

  67. Hi Lance-
    There is not a day that goes by that I don’t hold a special place for you in my heart, and often. I am sending love and healing energy your way and if there is anything I can provide for you, please shoot me a line.
    Many hugs and much love,
    Sheeri

  68. Dearest Lance & Nancy, Not a day goes by that I don’t think about your sweet family & your courage & humor & strength. Your unswerving love and kindness and appreciation for each other is a great & true inspiration. Much Love to you all, Katherine

  69. Lance & Nance – – what a beautiful post and isn’t it just like the two of you to offer a new way – a new heart – in which one can discover “prayer” . . . I cannot thank you enough for that – – and now I can feel comfortable saying you are both in MY PRAYERS . . . in fact you are in my prayers each and every day. ALL my good thoughts coming your way – Debbie

  70. Sending love and optimism from my heart to the little girl in the fountain and her sweet, sweet husband. Victoria

  71. What to say, what to say…..
    Doing much thinking and praying driving around this sweet town where lots of growing up happened. Been listening to shows from Santa Cruz in 83 and Eugene 93. Loud. Thinking about seeing Nan on the metro in Paris and then futher happenstances in SF and again back in Boulder…..
    Sending you a great collective hug from my clan. You have been part of our daily prayer life. You are strong and so loved by so many.
    I found the hymn I had referred to last week….it is called “you are mine” by David Haas. So very sweet when the kids are singing. Xo MC and family.

  72. Love and prayers for peace to you all. You are forever in our thoughts. We look forward to seeing you in June, I’m thinking the 15th or 16th, and holding you in our arms. Until then, know that we cherish and love you.

  73. Hi Lance. Been following Nancy’s wonderful posts. Think about you all the time, especially now. And just fished out some old SAS pictures…great memories. Sending you love and positive thoughts. Leslie

  74. Here it is:

    You Are Mine.

    Lyrics:
    I will come to you in the silence
    I will lift you from all your fear
    You will hear My voice
    I claim you as My choice
    Be still, and know I am near

    I am hope for all who are hopeless
    I am eyes for all who long to see
    In the shadows of the night,
    I will be your light
    Come and rest in Me

    Chorus:
    Do not be afraid, I am with you
    I have called you each by name
    Come and follow Me
    I will bring you home
    I love you and you are mine

    I am strength for all the despairing
    Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
    All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
    And all will know My name

    Chorus:
    Do not be afraid, I am with you
    I have called you each by name
    Come and follow Me
    I will bring you home
    I love you and you are mine

    I am the Word that leads all to freedom
    I am the peace the world cannot give
    I will call your name, embracing all your pain
    Stand up, now, walk, and live

    Chorus:
    Do not be afraid, I am with you
    I have called you each by name
    Come and follow Me
    I will bring you home
    I love you and you are mine

  75. I’ll show you how I’m feeling Lord, any day
    I’ll shake these bones and shout and sing my life away
    I’ll shake these bones and I will shout and sing my life away
    For it won’t be long before these bones turn to clay

    I’ll tell you what I’m feeling Lord, any time
    I’l tell you lies, I’ll tell you dreams, you won’t mind
    I’ll tell you lies, I’ll tell you dreams, I know that you won’t mind
    There’s something there that’s out of reach, I will find

    I’ll tell you what I’m seeing Lord, everywhere
    It may be only a small part of what is there
    It may be only a small part of what is really there
    But I’ll stumble like the blind man Lord, without fear

    I’ll tell you what I’m hearing Lord, all the time
    I’m hearing songs and melodies in my mind
    I’m hearing songs and melodies, but when they’re out of mind
    We’ll hear the sweetest peace of all, left behind

    I’ll show you how I’m living Lord, every day
    I may not fall down on my knees and start to pray
    I may not fall down on my knees and and worship you or pray
    But there’s reverence in my laughter Lord, anyway

    I’ll show you who I’m loving Lord, in the night
    And when the door is open Lord, and filled with light
    And when the door is open Lord, and filled with the morning light
    We’ll hear the child that calls for us, out of sight

    I’ll show you who I’m loving Lord, in the day
    And to my fellow people Lord, these words I’ll say
    And to my fellow people Lord, these loving words I’ll say
    And I’ll shake these bones and shout and sing my life away

    I’ll show you how I’m feeling Lord, any day
    I’ll shake these bones and shout and sing my life away
    I’ll shake these bones and I will shout and sing my life away
    For it won’t be long before these bones turn to clay

    Malcolm Daglish

  76. My fervent prayers have been with you over the past 1+ year. I work with Lance’s mother at the sorority and hear of your amazing family. You are an inspiration to all.

  77. Nancy and Lance, your posts are making me think about priorities and are truly making me take more time to appreciate life, love, family and nature. Thank you for that. We were up at dinosaur national monument last weekend and I had one of those perfect moments – sitting on a beach by a wide river, giant rock walls all around, and a perfect moon in the sky. That is the kind of moment I’m more aware of now, appreciating every minute of it and how beautiful nature is around here, and letting go of trivial day-to-day worries. And I thought of you guys too and was hoping that you are still managing to stay strong in difficult times.

    Miriam

    On a more practical level: Do you need anything? Food? Help with kids? Groceries? Please, please give us a call if you do – it would be so easy for us to drop something off at your house.

  78. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers every day for many months….may your love, strength, courage help you all during this difficult time.

  79. Nancy, I am one of Lance’s Tennessee cousins. I haven’t commented on any of your posts previously, but I have been following your blog since you started it. I have prayed for all of you continuously since you began this difficult journey. I just want you to know that you and your children are and will be in my prayers. I pray for peace, comfort, and understanding for all of you.

    In Christ,

    Robin

  80. Lance you and Nance and your family friends and community are in my prayers every single day. I often wrap you guys up in my pink cashmere scarf. I see Lance wearing it like a turban. It would go well with his jaleeba 🙂 Now anyone who knows me knows I NEVER wear pink but on my birthday last November a friend and former colleague of mine named Versae ( that is his real name by the way ) gave it to me and said . ” I know its not one of your normal earth toned colors but I think you should be wearing pink ” I am wearing it now. Yeah I know It’s June here in Paris but if you know anything about our weather you will understand why. So my cashmere pink scarf is very comforting and represents positive loving vibes. I will try to do an auto portrait and send but will need to put some makeup on first 🙂 xx Melissa

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