Allotted Time

Five weeks from this very night, I will be one hour from landing in Los Angeles, where my dad will be waiting at the gate for me, smiling in that way that has always made me feel like I can just be as I am, and that's perfect... always.  We'll have dinner, laugh, and talk story, before heading to our hotel to sleep for one night before leaving for Hawaii for two weeks.  I will savor that time with him.

He lost his brother, Jerome this past weekend.  We were going to see him in just one more month... it seems so unfair somehow.  Tonight, I am reminded rather soberly, that each one of us, including my beloved father... has an allotted time in which to shine our own unique light into this world.

I may not be every mother's dream for her little girl
And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world
But that's all right, as long as I can have one wish I pray
When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say
She's got her Father's eyes

Eyes that find the good in things
When good is not around
Eyes that find the source of help
When help just can't be found
Eyes full of compassion
Seeing every pain
Knowing what you're going through
And feeling it the same
Just like my Father's eyes .......

- Amy Grant