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Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Moon River

Peace River at Bowling Green, Florida

What popular song typifies your teenage years? What memory does your favorite song bring to mind? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1305).

The memory is very clear and distinct. I was in the cafeteria at the University of South Florida in the early 1960s. There was a jukebox there and it was playing Moon River with Perry Como. It is sweet to recall my mood at the time. It was a time of looking back over the sustaining years now fast receding of living with my parents in Bowling Green, Florida and with Peace River flowing quietly nearby. This dark, ancient meandering river was an anchor for me as I grew up through the teen years. But now as a young man at the University of South Florida there was a sense of uncertainty about the days ahead. There was a touch of foreboding combined with a sweet anticipation. I knew as with all human beings there would be challenges and pain lying in wait ahead. Yet I felt chosen by God for some task not yet fully known. Perhaps when I heard Moon River that day there was a fond wish to dreamily escape it all; to transcend the past, present, and future and exquisitely dart away as a bright yellow butterfly hovering eternally in the sun along the banks of Peace River.

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