sorry to do this a few days late, but I wanted to say that you really are one of the wisest men I know. I consider you one of the greatest people in the world to “run something by” because you have an ability that FAR exceeds your age to get to the heart of a matter by asking the right questions. your heart for God and you vision for your life when added to that gift are just phenomenal! i love you so much and think of you as a friend that i want to stay in contact with for ever. thanks for being an example and thanks for leaning into God. please go step wildly into your destiny as you were meant for greatness!
love you man,
mark lynn proeger
you deserve confetti and balloons.
and a room of people who love you.
i guess a virtual room will do.
Nobody came to the rescue between us
When threats seemed to surface
We let them unclean us
And turn us to pebbles and make us mere dust
As if we were Judas and sin
Were the crust of the bread that we lived on
And all of the poison inside us undid us
I raced in dark terror away from your shores
Did not want your rescue
Or you anymore
All blindness and darkness consumed me within
As if you were evil and your hands
Were the blackness that kept me in death
I dreamed in this nightmare that we could not rest
I woke up and I rose quite alive
And when I had washed out the salt from my cries
And the nightmares had vanished
God brought the sunrise
I turned to your arms and I looked for your eyes
And all that I want is to see your surprise
When I call out your name
And bless you every night
You only bring life to me deeply inside
And I want you to hear that
You love me so well
There will never be love as you love me in hell
And so this is heaven, the Kingdom of Love
There cannot be dark where such blessing has come
Planet Earth is not cursed where you walk anymore
Because trust has returned deep within to make more
Of a lovely soft brightness that God has ordained
Be your aura of strongness
That in you has made
Such a man he will battle – and win – for us all
So much do I trust that I run to your call
And all my sick nightmares can flee what is true
That you’re given to God and that you are good
So I’ll never fear you
Will always revere you
You know it’s so true that I love you.
David, you are an awesome guy. You are literally taller than many people I know. I hope you had a great birthday and that the next birthday will either be greater or worse, depending on your preference.
I am so thankful for you and how God uses you to not only bless my life but everyone around. I am thankful for your warm hugs, wine/cheese nights, and of course volleyball invites. You have a desire to be known and to know other people and that will change the world… because that is how it’s supposed to be. Keep pursuing your love David, and know that God loves you so much!
I remember accidently running across a post you’d written on xanga. You referenced “Pride & Prejudice,” and that’s all it took. I was hooked. I loved every word you wrote from that day forward. I went back and read your old posts, and realized that your heart beat like mine.
And you started talking back. Somehow we became friends. We may be hundreds of miles apart and have never met, but there have been many times where it felt like you were sitting across the table from me talking about life and love and God and everything.
Thank you for asking how my heart is. Thank you for making sure I had a copy of “Captivating” of my very own. Thank you for the letters and the words and the emails. Thank you for being a friend throughout all the time, and I hope we maintain this bizarre friendship across distance and sometimes strange stretches of time for as long as we live. You are something incredible and beautiful.
Keep your heart glowing like the amazing beacon of strength, kindness, and brilliance it is.
I remember going to the park with David and inventing a game on a volleyball court, only played with a foursquare ball. The rules never made sense, I think we made them up over the weeks that we spent at that park in the summer of 2002. Regardless of the rules, we always had a good time and those are some good memories. I haven’t stayed close with you over the years David, and I’m sad of that. But it was and is my honor and privilege to call you my friend.
I guess essentially what I’m trying to say is, happy birthday David, I hope you have a great one and many more years filled with celebrations and fun. Cheers!