Throwback Blog Series: Sea-Fire

I recently stumbled across old blog post from 2007 – 2010. They show how our past is often more similar to our present than we thought it would be. So I’ve created the “Throwback Blog Series” to unearth these ideas and stories. Hope you enjoy the journey back through time over the coming month. 


October 11, 2009


Earlier this fall, a friend of mine started a book/dinner club and invited me to participate. The idea: a place where people share a meal, thoughts, hearts, and questions. Interestingly, A Severe Mercy was the first book to tackle. I say “interestingly” because I had owned a copy for years and been told by multiple friends that it was a must read, but for some reason, as often occurs, I let it slip from shelf to shelf until it actually disappeared from my bookcase. Thus, when I finally got around to reading it, I had to go buy a new copy.

I tell you all of this because the book, the group, the conversation and the lighting all encouraged me to write a song about the life of Sheldon and Jean Vanauken. I will not give a synopsis of the book (to avoid oversimplifying such a beautiful story), and instead, simply share the lyrics that I wrote:


We’re floating on glass as we gaze at sea-fire/ We love stars to much to be fearful of night/ I look at your face and the wrinkles erase/ We’re burning up time; its ashes float higher

Sharing in oneness, adoring, confessing/ Lilacs and lilies leap from your mind to mine/ Timeless inloveness, the minutes the hours/ Pass casually by, unseen time.

Cause we’ve burnt up time/ Crossed a tattered line/ No more tic, no more toc/ Cause the clock’s finally stopped.

All the stories we read and the pages we turned/ Seemed to imply that our book had no end/ But you raised your hand and you search for my face/ We’ve traveled so far, but we’ve lost this race.