The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Buy Zach Berkman's new album, "The Valley" as soon as you can.

This is a beautiful song. I don't know Celia, or what her relationship is to Zach. But there are words that he sings that I didn't know I was trying to say. The video is awkwardly from a live show and ends abruptly, but you'll get it. Below are the words I wish were mine.


I know your mother loves you -- I have seen it for myself. And your father is as proud as any man has ever been.

Though I wish you only blessings, there’ll be days that get much worse. I tell you, even after hard times you will miss the way things were. May your glass never grow empty, and the bonds you’ve hewed be strong like the ones who came before you, ‘cause I know their strength lives on in you.

And when it's hard to say you're lonesome, and when it's hard to say you're scared, just close your eyes and know we'll always be there.

Wherever you should go, you should know you can always come home.

It's hard to believe.

This is why I am who I am.