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I Say It Touches Us

Becoming A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood

By Kayla Parker

From Skinner House Books

A spiritual companion for young adults and all who live amid transitions and tensions. Dozens of carefully selected readings address themes that are prominent for people in their twenties and early thirties.

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(adapted from the original)

I say that it touches us that our blood is
    sea water and our tears are salt, that the
    seed of our bodies is scarcely different
    from the same cells in a seaweed,
    and that the stuff of our bones is like the coral.

I say that the tide rolls in on us, whether
    we like it or not, and the sands of time
    keep running their intended course.

I say we have to go down into the wave’s trough
    to find ourselves, and then ride her swell
    until we can see beyond ourselves into
    our neighbor’s eye.

I say that we shall never leave the harbor
   if we do not hoist the sail.

I say that we have got to walk the waves
   as well as solid ground.

I say that anyone who goes without
   consciousness of this will remain
   changed to a rusty anchor.

May the journey find us worthy. Amen.