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The Circle Game

My heart. The season of marriage for my children. A sacred season. Like all seasons. I am reminded of one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game:


Yesterday a child came out to wander

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

Fearful when the sky was full of thunder

And tearful at the falling of a star


And the seasons, they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return, we can only look

Behind, from where we came

And go round and round and round, in the circle game


Then the child moved ten times round the seasons

Skated over ten clear frozen streams

Words like, "When you're older" must appease him

And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons, they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return, we can only look

Behind, from where we came

And go round and round and round, in the circle game


16 springs and 16 summers gone now

Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town

And they tell him, "Take your time, it won't be long now

'Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down"

And the seasons, they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return, we can only look

Behind, from where we came

And go round and round and round, in the circle game


So the years spin by and now the boy is 20

Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true

There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty

Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons, they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

We're captive on the carousel of time

We can't return, we can only look

Behind, from where we came

And go round and round and round, in the circle game

And go round and round and round, in the circle game


If you’d like to listen, click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NEkJhBHh54. It became one of my favorite songs when I was twenty and imagining life through my parents' eyes as I was heading off to London--a young woman, filled with hopes of having children one day. And life happened. Now my children are filled with hopes. And I am grateful to be a witness.


Spenser and his longtime love, Ryley Johnson, were married on the world's tallest ferris wheel. Their families, stood beside them-- symbolic of our commitment to love them in every season. I am grateful for every second shared--and prayerful for life together. May they always have fun!


We had a great time in Vegas--so much fun we didn’t even notice the heat. Great food! My heart is pure joy when I hear Spenser and Quinlan laughing together; siblings share a special sense of humor (as noted above). And I can't resist posting a mom pic. The circle keeps moving round and round as we look forward to Quinlan’s wedding in October. What are some of your favorite memories of young love? Let's share some of those at our next Pastor Time at my house September 12th. With much love,

Pastor Micki

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