The Little Town of Bellingham: Home of Faithlife

Maybe you know how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is, but have you seen Faithlife’s hometown in Bellingham, Washington? It’s a pretty spectacular place.

This fall, Dr. Jeannine Brown and her husband Tim came to Bellingham to work with Faithlife’s Mobile Ed program. Their time here was a delightful mix of business and pleasure.

While Dr. Brown was busy with Mobile Ed, Tim got to know the town we call home.

Bellingham is full of all kinds of musicians. Accordions, beat-boxing, you name it. But if you were in Bellingham this fall, you might have got a special treat: Tim Brown. He’s been a musician for over 30 years, and while his wife was working with us, Tim took to the streets.

Tim says, “I bring a guitar with me on every trip. While in Bellingham, I did some busking and lots of walking. I enjoyed the old buildings and spent time learning about the town’s railroad history.”
In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he wrote a poem about it.

He says, “The poem reflects a moment in time. It’s a snapshot. A freeze-frame exploration of a beautiful fall morning.”

After he and Dr. Brown left Bellingham, Tim offered us the poem as a tribute to our home.
It’s called “One Way Holly.” Check it out:

One Way Holly
Four way crossing on one way Holly
Trees are turning
Leaves are falling
People walking and cars motor away
Autumn morning clouds are forming
People moving
Without hurrying
Bless the sneezing girl along her way
Roomy sidewalk stop and standing
Golden sunlight
Day expanding
Blue skies peeking through the gray
In Bellingham on one way Holly
There’s turn taking
Four way crossing
Morning’s sliding smooth into midday

After leaving us with his poem, Tim had this to say of Bellingham:

“Bellingham is a wonderful conglomeration of beauty, history, weather, and interesting people. I also like that it’s a college town. Young people bring energy to the city. The extensive railroad boom (1890s) architecture was as impressive to me as the city’s obvious natural beauty.”

To Tim, the town and the moment are memories he will cherish. “The poem reminds me to be thankful for life’s perfect moments and everything in between. It will always remind me of our late September trip to Bellingham.”

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by and see what we’re up to! Faithlife is always giving tours of our campus in downtown Bellingham. You can even tour our historic building, affectionately known as the Flatiron.

Written by
Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson is a writer for OverviewBible, where he uses Logos to explore the characters, groups, places, and books of the Bible. He has served in a variety of volunteer ministry positions, primarily through Young Life.

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