Guest Post from my daughter Belle Mason

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

—Psalm 27


I have been dancing for more than 14 years which, if you can believe is over 122,000 hours in ballet shoes. For a ballerina like me, the pirouette is an amazing achievement. It is a feat of perfect balance, remarkable strength and graceful beauty. A dancer makes a 360 degree turn on one leg in relevee up on her toes.  Every ballerina seeks what appears an effortless pirouette, the picture of grace. There are many things that need to happen for this feat to take place. You must have a grounding force, a very sturdy leg, so your body can repeatedly turn gracefully on its axis. I can hear my ballet teachers now; “Strong standing leg. Hold the high relevé, shoulders down, elongate your neck, keep your passé high and connected to your knee, oh, and don’t forget to smile.” My left leg maintains the necessary and extraordinary balance, and my right leg pushes off the ground to create speed so that I can turn and turn around myself. I must unite mind, body and spirit to achieve this masterpiece of balance and grace. Without the grounding leg anchoring my body, I will surely fall out of the turn.


Accomplishing a pirouette is a beautiful metaphor for my spiritual life. God is my grounding force. When I am connected to God, in mind, body and soul, I can metaphorically spin and spin to create a life of real worth and much love. With God as my center, I can experience peace, hope, and possibility. Many other things will tempt me in life and If I rely on anything other than God as my grounding force, I will lose my spiritual balance. I have my family and this church to thank for helping me see what truly matters. I have watched my mom and my community put God and others first. Even when times have been challenging, this community of love has leaned on faith, hope and love for one another. And together we have seen our way through. Psalm 27 says: The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Only God can set us on a holy axis and the sacred dance of life can happen.


When I allow God to be my most powerful grounding force, I am brave and full of hope. God will always find a way, and offer me a new path. I take comfort when I remember this verse from John, “Abide in me and I will abide in you.” The promise is that even when I leave to go to school in California, I will never be alone. God will be with me.


When my spirit is connected to God, I feel like I can handle the darkness and disappointments expected in this imperfect world. In life as in the dance studio, I must seek God’s help in mind, body and spirit. The reward will be moments of pure grace. My church, friends and especially my family have taught me so much about the true power of love and how sacred this life truly is. Next year, I will dance in Pepperdine’s dance company, and also continue to work on my faith, trusting God as my grounding force.


I believe my mom’s words: Where there is love, there will always be hope.



♥️ From Farrell: I am signing off for the Summer to spend time with my family, read lots of books, travel and fill up my cup! I hope everyone has a safe and blessed summer! Thank you for spending time with me over this year at Bread and Honey! I will drop Belle off to college in August, and then I look forward to meeting you here refreshed and ready for a new year! Love, Farrell ♥️

  • Carole Hagan

    May 29, 2023 at 7:14 am

    This is beyond inspiring. Belle has given us just what we need. Just as you, Farrell, have thru the years. It is no wonder that she has the gift to articulate her faith to reinforce our search for God in this imperfect world. Belle gives me hope and I want to trust that there are more Belles who have the moral strength and balance to steer our country on the journey we are called to make. May God bless Belle, and keep her, and make his light continue to shine upon her. Sending much love.

  • Corky Herbert

    May 29, 2023 at 8:06 am

    How much we all rejoice when our children have found God and are connected spiritually to the greatest source of help, love, and hope. Thank you, Farrell, in countless ways, including your love for my sister Polly.

  • Mary Jane Smith

    May 29, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Loved hearing from belle and her words of love and hope are inspirational
    You and David can be proud and confident she will succeed in whatever she does having the support of you and her community
    Love and peace to all the masons as you bond together this summer

  • Camille W. Morgan

    May 29, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Have an awesome summer. I look forward to seeing Bread and Honey in the fall.
    You guys have raised an outstanding young lady in Belle. I know she will be
    a blessing in our world as she is beautiful
    inside and out.

  • Sallye Galloway

    May 29, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    A truly wonderful message, Belle. Thank you for your words so full of hope. God bless you.

  • Janice Murphey

    May 29, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you, Belle, for sharing your Hope with us!

  • Cass Meeks

    May 30, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Farrell, you will be releasing Belle equipped for the next part of her journey. She is already encouraging you and us that God is the place, the stronghold, where we will receive just what we need each day. Have a wonderful summer!

  • Polly Keith

    May 31, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    That amazing young woman is so full of Grace and Poise and an “inner light”. You and David have given her wonderful wings to carry her special places. And some day, she’ll really understand how blessed she’s been. Tell God I said hi out in the big wide open. Hugs….

  • Polly Ann Cleveland

    May 31, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you, sweet Belle, for sharing the beautiful message that God is your grounding force and the source of your love, hope, peace, possibility, bravery, love, and faith. You have deeply touched my heart.
    As you dance into your next chapter I pray you have wonderful years at Pepperdine. May the Lord bless you and keep you always.