Tears Blur the Eyes but Not the Heart…The Song Continues

I’m impressed. Not because this is the first day of spring. Not because some teams won and some teams lost.

I’m impressed by this student in the Villanova band, playing after their #1 seeded team lost to North Carolina State.

I don’t know her name. That’s not the point.

What is the point is in the mix of tears, in the mix of a crushing loss, in the mix of a devastating moment when the dreams become empty space, she’s still playing the school song on her piccolo. That impresses me…still offering loyalty and support. Sure, the tears flow. Her heart shows on her cheek, the glassy eyes bring sadness clear if not loud. Understandable. But even more…it struck me…she didn’t stop the song…the music…the loyalty. An important voice in the mix of a sordid world in which we try to sing our song. Becoming mute is not an option.

This is far more than a picture. It’s a hope we always spell tenacity more than hopelessness.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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