The Roads I’ve Walked Down
When I was a child I walked down a road called play.
I cut a cardboard box in the shape of a TV tube.
I drew knobs on it.
I acted out the world as I wanted it to be.
I forgot for a while the abuse of my father, Jim.
These were his words to me.
“You’ll always be a failure.”
You’re brother’s smarter than you’ll ever be.
Why are you so clumsy you can’t tie your own shoes?”
Such were the words of my abuse.
But through decades of pain life began to live in me again.
I learned the value of forgiveness.
I sought to understand my father’s schizophrenia.
A few years before he died we sang songs together.
He joked with me one day saying,
“Kevin, is your razor broken?”
I said, “No.”
He got me saying,
“But it must be or you wouldn’t have a beard!”
I’ve been down the road called forgiveness.
I forgave my father for the beatings, and hurtful things he said.
I released healing within.
I allowed love to flow.
I let it grow.
Now, I’m on a road of discovery.
I’m learning how I can share what I’ve learned.
I’m expanding the horizons of my vision.
I’m seeing more blue sky than grey.
I’m feeling I’m a-okay.
But enough about me.
What roads have you walked down?
What have you learned?
Don’t keep those life lessons to yourself.
Share them with others.
You might find in doing so you get new friends,
sisters and brothers.
Dr. Kevin James Osborne M.A., M.Div., Psy.D., D.Sc., D.D., O.P.C. ,D.-C.P.C. D.A.B.T.E, C.M.H.C. is Dean of Psychology and President of Student Affairs at St. James the Elder University. He is a chaplain with Holy Catholic Church International. He feels God is leading him to study more about theology, philosophy, music, writing, and counseling. Dr. Karen Osborne B.A., D.Sc. in Psychology, C.M.H.C. is the Registrar of St. James the Elder University. Our mission field is wherever God puts us for His glory.
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About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. CandidateI enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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