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A Thousand Reminders To Be Alive



The rain started gently as I took my first sips of coffee. I could hear a thousand droplets begin to fall, a thousand chimes ringing against the roof above my head.


Without even deciding to, I found myself walking out the door, coffee mug still in hand, head uplifted to the opening sky.

I felt a thousand reminders to be alive touching my face, waking me up more than the coffee ever could.

I said to each of the thousand rain drops: wash away everything in me untrue, everything I no longer need, everything that stands between me and the blessings this day holds in her open, giving hands.

I don’t know how long I stood there, baptized and born again, until the thousand droplets turned to hundreds and then to dozens.

And then, sunshine.


- Matthew Foley