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  • I will certainly miss my morning rides and meditations among the salt marshes of peaceful Pawleys Island. Something about being out there in the quietude of early morning makes me feel like I am a part of something so much larger, so much deeper, than me. I feel connected to the tides, to the risings and fallings of the life cycle – not quite one with the universe, but you know, at times - I feel close. Just a breath or two away.

    After I pulled my van over to the little, tiny, sandy parking lot by the Church of the Salt Marshes (my name for it), that gets flooded out each high tide, and did my morning reading and reflection there, I popped Chris’ bike out the back, donned my ear buds, dialed up some “Avett Brothers”, and went riding along the marshes to the banjo pickin’ tunes of “A Carolina Jubilee”. Don’t get much better than that on a Sunday morning by the Carolina sea and salt marshes.

    This I will miss this when I go back home. I plan to take it with me. Never really listened to this song before. I liked it:

    Well I know a preacher he's a real good man
    He speaks from The Good Book and his hand
    And helps all people when he can
    But me and God don't need a middle man

    Well I found God in a soft woman's hair
    A long day’s work and a good sittin' chair
    The ups and downs of the treble clef lines
    And five miles ago on an interstate sign
    My God, my God and I don't need a middle man

    [ Lyrics from: ]
    Now I don't doubt that The Good Book is true
    What's right for me may not be right for you
    To church on Sunday I'll stand beside
    All the hurtin' people with the fear in their eyes

    And I thank the Lord for the country land
    Just like pa I thank him for my hands
    And I don't know if my soul is safe
    I sometimes use curse words when I pray
    My God, my God and I don't need a middle man

    God and Me, the Avett Brothers

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