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 The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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