Stepping In Love

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 Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

It’s amazing what God can do in one single step. 31 years ago I stepped off a bus and into my future…I just didn’t comprehend it at that moment. I was 23 at the time and traveled in a Christian Rock Band called Charistmata. We had this 3 night gig at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla, NY, about an hour from where I lived. When we got to the church packing lot there was a crowd of people waving signs and cheering for us (Christian groupies?). As I step off our bus I saw her…this beautiful blonde and God told me (yes He did) that she was going to be my wife. The next few days were a blur…and it would be months before I would tell her. That’s another story…

On March 16, 1980…my history (the crawling out of my hiding place part) and my future, all wrapped up together, changed. Two years later we married but our adventure together started way before then. Those two years before marriage built best friend-ness into us and that continues to today. Stepping into love that God had planned for me before the beginning of time still blows my mind.My wife completes me in ways that I didn’t know I needed.

Christine’s love for me points me to Christ…isn’t that what best friends are for? Thank you my love, for going on this adventure with me!

Love, Jay

PS. I wrote this poem a few years ago for my wife.

About Your Love

Speak to me about your love
And I will speak about
poems that happen
filling the unforgiving minutes
with tasty morsels
of delicious words
and satisfying moments

Speak to me about your love
and I will have a word
about the pendulum swing
of my heart
which whispers your name
in every beat

Speak to me about your love
And I focus on an
ageless journey
I kiss myself goodbye
and settle blissfully
in your love

Jay Cookingham © 12-30-03


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Moe said…
Jay, that's a great story. I love to hear (and read) stories of how spouses got to know each other. Rock on dude! <--- see what I did there? :)
MichaelDPerkins said…
That was absolutely beautiful.
Jay Cookingham said…
You're quick today bro'! You win a lifetime supply of gratitude from me or at least for today! You're comment totally rocked dude!
Dustin said…
Jay, love the words expressed through that poem. I love hearing about lasting love stories!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thank Michael! She's a great inspiration!
HisFireFly said…
God's hand was in it - beyond any shadow of doubt! Praying and declaring that the two of you continue to bear the mark of His love and His light - shining for all the world to see†
bill (cycleguy) said…
Great tribute. Great poem. Thanks Jay.
Dusty Rayburn said…
So glad you did not write that you stepped in front of the bus... :)

Love the ode.
Jay Cookingham said…
LOL Bro'...but I felt like I did...the whole story is a blast! Appreciate ya!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Bill...I'm thankful for her!
Jay Cookingham said…
Karin, I appreciate that...that's my prayer as well!
Tony Alicea said…
Whoa, that poem was incredible!

And you were in Christian rock band? The more I learn about you, the more I love you bro! You rock!
Moe said…
Lifetime supply of gratitude? Yippee! Is there a coupon or something I need to redeem? :)

Thanks Jay. I'm glad I stopped by here. I love people who are good with words. You my friend are very good.
Jay Cookingham said…
Yep, we traveled up and down the East coast, even sung at Disney World in Orlando. I was the soundman, promo. sometimes speaker guy. Did that for about 3 years...thanks Bro', we all have amazing stories don't we?
Jay Cookingham said…
No coupons, just a virtual fist bump will do bro'. Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad my bro-nation has got some Moe-mentum in it now!
jasonS said…
Beautiful, Jay! And it's okay, God told me about my wife as well. I was completely freaked out by it! :) Thanks so much--blessings.
Jay Cookingham said…
That's crazy love...isn't it?! thanks Bro'
S Etole said…
Your poem is a gift of gentle beauty ... how very blessed you both are.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Susan...I am blessed for sure! Bless you!

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