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December 17, 2010

punta gorda

i have several places that i really love on this island
and punta gorda is one of them!

it is a small garifuna village
on the east side of the island
the people have built simple wooden homes along the tranquil shores
they fish for conch, lobster and fresh fish
they dance the punta dance
they drum
on cruise ship days they travel all the way to the dock and dance for the tourists
then they head back to their idyllic village.
they sit on porches and braid each other's hair
they walk slow
the children play football (soccer) on the beach
and they bathe in the sea water
they are poor materially but rich in culture and spirit
while we were walking the shores waiting for our dinner
i heard sound of the drums and sure enough they were dancing
in the middle of the road!!
why?
because they can


when i get out of the car in punta gorda
my whole being feels refreshed
it is a different pace
a slower way of living then other places on this island

do you have a place to go that refreshes your soul?
i hope so because it is so important for us to be able to
s.t.o.p
and get away
it's important to enjoy the beauty He has made
and listen to His still small voice once again.

This is what the Lord Almighty says:
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint
Jer. 31:25

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