Where I Live Now

Did I move to another site?! No. Did I migrate to Twitter? Nah! Not interested.

However I wanted to share where my poetry and other writings come from. In my heart I do seek renewal, wholeness, and the beautiful healing of nature simply because…..I know what broken is.

We all have tragedies that take place in our lives and Rumi wrote about brokenness being where the light comes in. I know what this is like for sure!

My wife almost died from cancer years ago, and she has had cancer several times since then but a different type. Or rather what she had morphed into tumors. She still receives treatments today.

I remember her being in ICU the first time around, her kidneys were shutting down, and she had several heart attacks. It was not looking good. Pain and grief almost took me down completely. I was terrified for years.

It was a blood cancer, in other words the cancer was in her blood. She did recover from that and she’s a walking miracle. Thank God! Now though she deals with tumors.

Yet I want that light that comes through brokenness. I embrace it. Even through other tragedies I seek light that comes through, bringing healing.

The other area my writing comes from is love. The love I have for my wife is incredibly and wonderfully powerful. Love also motivates me in my faith towards God.

I want you to know I am a person of faith, but we are not a part of the far-right weaponized mentality that is destructive. You will never get a Christmas card from us holding assault rifles or shotguns. We would never do that.

Our faith is one of peace, love and tolerance.

So to summarize: my writing comes from embracing the light that comes through brokenness, great love, and faith.

This is where I live now.

Wishing you peace.

Writing and Image Copyright © 2022 rivers renewed

45 thoughts on “Where I Live Now

  1. Thank you for the grace of sharing your story with all your anonymous readers. I feel so blessed. thank you as well for sharing your faith perspective which resonates with me.

    1. Molly thank you so much! Somehow I found this comment in spam just now! I can’t understand it because some of your comments come though fine and some don’t. I’m also checking on a regular basis.

      Anyway your comments here are a true blessing. Thank you again for your kind words! Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

  2. Your post goes straight to my heart and in your wife’s and your pain and worry you found light. That is
    wonderful. I would also like to quote you on something I will bring with me.
    ” So to summarize: my writing comes from embracing the light that comes through brokenness, great love, and faith.”
    Blessings
    Miriam

  3. Oh my! I am so sad to know what your wife has endured. We are also people of faith, without guns or right-wing insanity! Take good care.

    1. Thank you Cindy! Your comments are encouraging. Insanity is a good term for it, especially the many conspiracy theories. Peace and wonderful blessings to you and your family.

  4. I’ve always thought about what prompted you to write these poems, Nico. You have my sympathy.
    And I want your wife’s health to be well maintained.
    These are my wishes for the new year.
    In friendship
    Michel

  5. Your light and love shines on us through your pictures and your words. They touch us deeply and reach those spaces where we know exactly what brokenness feels like. Thank you for living the most powerful form of Love there is, and sharing the Light with us.

  6. This is a tremendously touching post, Nico. “Yet I want that light that comes through brokenness. I embrace it. Even through other tragedies I seek light that comes through, bringing healing.” I love this, and completely agree. You are a light, my friend. Many blessings to you and your lovely wife.

  7. Oh, I love this post so much–though I cringe for all your wife and you have suffered together. Indeed there is Light in the brokenness, valleys, wilderness–however we describe it. And I much appreciate your statement of faith–we need less weapons and assaultive behavior/attitudes…and more Grace, Patience, Love…God’s love which reflects His Light. Blessings to you and your family.

    I can recommend an excellent book: The Radiant Midnight, by Melissa Maimone. It’s about depression and faith, light in the darkness.

    1. Thank you Zelda so much for your wonderful comments and insights! Yes, we need fewer weapons! And thank you so much for the book recommendation! What a blessing, I will check it out. Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

      1. You’re most welcome, Sir–I hope you and your wife find the book as helpful as it was for me. Blessings to you and the Mrs 🙂

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