My Traveling Shoes

Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality.
I've traveled so many miles in shoes that someone else bought for me, plain, poorly fitted, worn, second hand, hand me downs. Ohh, they hurt my feet and took me places that I didn't need to go, places that I didn't want to go. For many years I put them on. I was told it was my duty, but my heart was heavy and my cares so many.
Done found myself a new pair of travelin' shoes to wear on this leg of my journey. Handmade to fit and suit me just right, supportin' and comfortin' me each step of the way.They are wild and colorful as I chose them to be, they suit my personality. I bought these shoes. I own these shoes. They are mine.
by Jeanne leigh...copyrighted...2007


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Kiss of an Angel

In 1990, I found myself in a very difficult place. I was leaving a Ministry/Intentional Community where I had lived and worked for twenty years. I’d invested my youth, creativity and all that I was and had in this work, but the fact remained that I had come to a place of growth and change that did not allow me to continue to be part of this organization. Yet, the people of this community were my “family,” church, employers and neighbors. It’s a hard thing to understand unless you have lived such an experience. The leadership at that time did not take kindly to folks leaving which was unfortunate for us all. So, thus the beginning of our difficulties.


I had just lost a brother to AIDS and had cared for him during the most difficult 18 months of his life. I was beginning to reconnect with my natural family who had never been close. Jim and I were starting over in so many ways. My children were going through major adjustments. Jim and I were finding new jobs having been out of the secular work force for 20 years. At times all of these adjustments were overwhelming.

I was meeting with a Spiritual Director weekly which was helpful. I knew our decision to leave was right and good for our family. I was grateful we had the courage to make a new life for ourselves. I prayed and worked hard each day to be there for my family and sought to make the best of each new situation that arose.

One night I had a dream. It was more then a dream. Something was spoken to my spirit, a word was given to my heart that we would be all right. A peace came over me which was a gift that I will never forget. I was so moved by the experience that I wrote these words which became a song that Jim later wrote the music for. It reminds me that in those times when we feel we cannot take another step forward, if we will open our hearts and spirits to that which is greater than ourselves, then we will be carried, held and given what we need to move forward. I am thankful for this truth!!!

I named the song “Kiss of an Angel.” Here are the words
Kiss of an Angel


It was the Kiss of an Angel that spoke to me
As I awoke, was it only a dream?
It was a tender moment that I could not touch.
That I could not grasp, to me it gave so much.


Through time and space not a sound it did make,
With light more gold than honey but much Sweeter to the taste.


It was a moment of knowing that I will not forget
There is no need for explanation, I simply choose to believe it.
It was a different kind of music, a melody in perfect time,
A symphony of salvation a song with holy rhyme.


Through time and space not a sound it did make
With light more gold than honey but much sweeter to the taste.


It was the Kiss of an Angel that spoke to me
As I awoke, was it only a dream?


~Jeanne Leigh Denton



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