Civil Celebrations with Spiritual Depth.

John’s smile hits you first, like fire on a chill day. If he’s the celebrant you tell yourself then it might be alright after all. Then the hand grips, and you look in the eyes and you know he too has seen sadness, has hoped and been duped, has laughed and has fallen on his face. You say again to yourself this guy might be alright. Then the words come. You are welcomed, no formulas, no rules, no fuss.








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