**Inspired by my time in Brasil**
I long to see you again.
The days we spent together,
Cycle through my mind like a film reel.
I remember walking through the crowded streets,
Our shoes worn from the dusty ground,
Our shirts damp from the hot sun.
We rode together and laughed,
Our laughter rising above the fireworks,
Above the cries throughout the city.
I held you tight and didn’t want to let go,
Your stories ringing in my ears,
My tears falling on your shoulder.
You shouted at me in despair,
Your words misguiding you to false conclusions,
Searching for that which you deny.
My soul longs for you, the Lord knows,
How I stay up and pray for you,
My words accompanied by tears of joy.
Because I know of your transformation,
The peace and love that reign in your heart,
How you share in my deepest longings.
Yet I will trust in something greater,
That we will see each other again in Paradise,
When we are with You, My Hope and Joy.
Yes, my longing for this day exceeds the others,
When death passes away and truth prevails,
When families and friends are reunited.
My soul thirsts for You,
My flesh faints for You,
Walking through this desert land, this dark world.
I have looked upon You and seen Your unmatched beauty,
Because Your love for us is never failing,
And Your peace reigns in our hearts.