The wind blows in.
The rain pours down.
The tree bends back.

Windburned face.
Tear-stained cheeks.
Feet firmly planted.

Tired mind.
Battered heart.
Steady soul.

A breeze settles in.
Sunlight breaks through.
The tree stands tall.

Windburned face.
Tear-stained cheeks.
Feet moving forward.

~ Written April 30, 2021

It’s Resilience Week for Virginia. And collaborative community I’m involved with, Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network (GWTICN), has organized some incredible events around the theme of trauma and resilience. GWTICN has also connected with local organizations hosting events for the week. Find some that spark your interest and get involved.


About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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