Slipping Through My Fists

In just a few days, I’ll turn fifty.

I could pretend to tell you all sorts of things about it, but frankly all I can say is that so far it sucks.

I’m not handling “fifty” well. (btw, my Mom says she and Dad aren’t either…)

I know, I know. It’s definitely “better than the alternative.” But, I can’t shake the reality that’s also a marker in time. One I’m being compelled to pay attention to. One I can’t avoid. I’m not overly brooding…it’s just “there.”

I’ve always been attracted to this David Wilcox song, about a man who finds himself in middle age, back in the town where he grew up.
So, today, I recorded a quick version during the break of a retreat I’m on…

Many thanks to David Wilcox for writing this. Here’s a link to the lyrics on his page, and from there a link where you can buy his version.

I’ve always loved this melancholy song from afar. And now, it seems, I’m at that place, and I suppose I understand a bit more about it.

Yes, it’s better than that alternative. But it’s also a marker in time.

Most of my reflection about turning fifty –the important part– will be inward. It won’t have anything to do with what I post here. I just wanted to take the time to note the feelings of this week.

Thus far, fifty sucks.

The good news is that life, and God, often prove me wrong.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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