Friday, July 5, 2013

A birthday note for Rick.

From Pinterest

Dear Rick,

We don't know each other, although I feel like I know you. Alene Snodgrass has shared with us that you will soon be celebrating a birthday. There is something we have in's that beautiful Alene. I'm thinking that makes us friends too. 

Alene has asked her many friends to share a little something on how the words you contributed to Graffiti: scribbles from different sides of the street had an impact on us. I'm writing this to you as part of Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker because the word is beautiful and I immediately thought of you. There is a good chance I will go over the allotted five minutes. Can I tell you a secret? I always do. Shh.

How do I tell you in five minutes how beautiful you are?

I read Graffiti many months ago and my heart longed to meet you right away. I longed to hear more of your beautiful poems. The hearts of you and Alene came together and while you are both beautiful in your own unique way, your words together told of how we come from different sides of the street but our differences shouldn't keep us only on our side.

You taught me how to look across the street and see that those on the other side are beautiful too. We are all created in His image so how could we not see each other as beautiful?

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27

Your beautiful heart was seen through the words you shared. You helped change this heart of mine and led me across the street. If it weren't for you I wouldn't have met my new friend Bob. It's been weeks since I've seen him again but I know because of you I was able to touch his heart. I was able to tell him how beautiful he is.

For this Rick, I say thank you. Thank you for being a light to God's truth. His truth that says we are all His masterpiece no matter which side of the street we are on; even those living on the street.

May your beautiful words remain on my heart and keep leading me across the street.

I end with a small prayer. A prayer that one day you and I will meet. A prayer that one day I will wrap my arms around you and tell you in person how beautiful you are.

Happy Birthday, Rick.


  1. lovely post! Any author would be pleased to know his words have had this kind of effect!


  2. This is absolutely beautiful! His heart will be so touched. I'll make sure he gets these awesome words of encouragement. You bless me. I think you should come meet him . . . and me!!!

  3. Love this post. I do not know the specifics of Rick or Alene but I love them already. Now I have to go and click on a few more things on your site. My heart swells at the hope of finding a new friend like-minded in LIVING out His calling in Isaiah 58. Read it today, it will bless you friend. But, for now, THANK YOU for sharing true beauty in a world full of glaring stained glass and judgmental steeples. May God bless you and keep you, new friend. Love, love.

  4. Beautifully said, Beth. One of the sweetest birthday sentiments -- much more than a Hallmark card could ever say!

  5. Beth,
    I know you always go over your 5 minute mark because you have so much love in your heart! I hope YOU see how beautiful YOU are and how your words and actions touch others!! You encourage me to "cross the street"! Love and ((hugs)), Bev

  6. I love the idea of a letter. I have a copy of Graffiti but have not read it yet... I think it is time. Thanks for sharing.


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