in a fit of over-zealous do-gooderism, i said yes to a request from my pastor. he asked me to mentor a young guy of 16 or so who he thought i could help. i don't know what i was thinking. i guess this kid has some issues that might be similar to mine in my youth. i don't know details yet cuz we haven't even talked more than to set up a meeting at a coffee shop. it is tomorrow and i am nervous. it could be really triggering for me - or it could be really healing - maybe both! and most of all i want to be supportive and encouraging and not let the young man down. so if you pray, please remember us - that it will go well and i'll be able to say the right things and have wisdom beyond my own limitations. no idea where this is gonna go...

As my life goes on I believe somehow something's changed
Something deep inside...
I've been searchin so long to find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning
Now I see myself as I am, feeling very free...
When my tears have come to an end I will understand
What I left behind: a part of me. Chicago