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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, November 23, 2003
    A day for Mike
    In London for Mike Yaconelli's tribute service at 'the Greenbelt church', St Luke's Holloway. A sizeable gathering sat, typically for Greenbelt, for the most part on the floor, feeling damp after soggy journeys. Good to be together to remember a man who made us all smile, laugh, cry, feel at many points in our lives. I said my little piece, as did many others, Meg shared her impressions of last week's U.S. tribute service, we lit candles, wrote messages to Mike, Karla, God. Afterwards Stuart, Michelle and I raised our glasses to Mike, fittingly, in an Italian restaurant, and we agreed that, pivotal to the service, 'Kite' by U2 seemed to fit the spirit of the man, the spirit of the day:
      I'm a man
      I'm not a child
      A man who sees
      The shadow behind your eyes

      Who's to say where the wind will take you
      Who's to say what it is will break you
      I don't know
      Where the wind will blow

      Who's to know when the time has come around
      I don't want to see you cry
      I know that this is not goodbye

      Did I waste it
      Not so much I couldn't taste it
      Life should be fragrant
      Rooftop to the basement