Kyle's Benediction: Lynnette Davidson

This week marks the seven year anniversary of the loss of our pastor and dear friend Kyle Lake.  Kyle’s legacy lives on in many ways.  One thing that has been especially meaningful for UBC’ers, those who knew him and those who have joined us along the way since his passing, has been Kyle’s benediction that we say as a congregation at the end of the service.  I have asked several people to reflect on the benediction and share thoughts with us.  I will be posting their stories and artwork here for the next few days.


Within my arms, these flesh and bones,

the beat of life that is my own,

the blood that pulses in my veins

and in my chest reverberates.

The steady press; again, again,

on and on, beneath my skin.


Seven hundred fifty eight—

the miles that kept me far away in space

and in a different place and time.

I have a different name. I tried

to reconcile the meaning of

the calls that came to me that day.

They seemed to say

the end had come.


And now the months, the years have passed.

The distance stays; the empty lasts.

The missing you, the missing me,

and everything I used to see,

and all the ways things used to be,

and all the possibilities


and yet have slipped into the grave.


I close my eyes to look inside

and take account of what has died

and what is left. God knows I’ve tried

to do my best to extricate

the remnants of a lifetime’s faith,

the threads that somehow still have stayed

unchanged and say to come awake

and rise.


Love, embrace, and live, you said.

We took these words to be as bread

and wine. A fine reminder of

that time and of the way to build a life.

And like the echo of a song’s refrain,

like lyrics on repeat they play.

Implanted in our souls, they stay.

This benediction—it remains

a life-sustaining, heart-remaking,

altogether rearranging

gospel that from here

we carry on.


Lynnette Davidson attended and was a vital part of the community of UBC during her time at Baylor and Truett Seminary.  She and her husband Sam currently live in Nashville, Tennessee with their beautiful daughter Lindley.  Lynnette is a therapist at Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center.