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blessing for the alaska jvs

Second year JV, Miranda Rose Hall (’11-12 Anchorage, ’12-13 Missoula) shares lyrics from a song she composed upon her departure from her JV year in Alaska. Miranda offered this song as a reflection on the final day of Orientation last week:

Coastal Trail

“Blessing for the Alaska JVs”

Morning in Alaska and a Sleeping Lady dreams

while the water ‘cross the Inlet gives the boundless sky a seam

and the silver-studded mountain

and the silver-sounding trees

collect into a blessing

to carry on with me:

may your heart burn with the fire of a midnight sun

may your worry melt like winter when the snow is done

may your faithfulness be able

and your love be strong

and may I carry you forever with me

I came here for the people and I came here for the snow,

I came here for the village, I came because it’s slow.

I came for love, for wilderness, to serve among the low,

and if it’s hard enough to stay here

it’s harder still to go.

May your heart burn with the fire of a midnight sun

may your worry melt like winter when the snow is done

may your faithfulness be able

and your love be strong

and may I carry you forever with me.

So kiss me with a solstice and lead me by the bay –

the ocean blows the ones who know they’re bound away.

Ferry in the morning

or an airplane after dark

while the holiness of mountains

keeps holding back my heart.

May your heart burn with the fire of a midnight sun

may your worry melt like winter when the snow is done

may your faithfulness be able

and your love be strong

and may I carry you forever with me

may I carry you forever with me.  

Eklutna

2 thoughts on “blessing for the alaska jvs”

  1. This brought me right back to my own JV experience in Anchorage, ’89-’90. Makes me long for the mountains and the wilderness. I love my community still and though we don’t see each other often they are always in my heart. Thank you Miranda.

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Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.