A very long journey.
I feel aged, at the same time very young.
I have seen much, and I know so little.
I have scars to show, and I look forward to more healings.
I am vulnerable, and I have built a strong fortress about me.
I have been conquered, and I will conquer.
These new paths I encounter must
not cower me. Though I am overwhelmed
by new things, I must take my awe in
stride. New things do overwhelm. Others
have gone unscathed before me. I am
made of resilient stuff, bending along the
directions of forces that should forge me.
For these forces are God-sent, their
designs not to harm me but to strengthen
(written 15th July 2002 and still very true today)