Hello Sweet Friend,
One of my very, very favorite pastimes is to go for a walk in the early morning at Philippi Park. The air is still coolish (for Florida in the summer), the bay is calm, and the trees sway blissfully in the gentle breeze. This walking meditation has become part of my spiritual practice. I sense God’s presence in a park as in no other place—my senses are heightened, my body relaxes, and I become one with nature. As I become still, I am very aware of the sacredness of the moment. I forget my to-do list, worries sink to the bottom of my consciousness, and my mind becomes clear and focused. The present moment becomes a gift to be treasured—an offering from God’s own hand.
I fret, that in our fast-paced culture, we tend to forget that we need to nourish our souls. Our calendars oft become brutal task-masters urging us to do more and more of the urgent. A cell call takes the place of communion with the Beloved. A text message usurps our study of scripture. Facebook has become our sacred text. True, some Christians post blurbs about “If you prayed this prayer, type Amen and you will be blessed in 5 minutes.” Is that really your only connection with your Father? A brief typed Amen in a comment box. A glance at a picture of Christ as you scroll through the diary of your friend’s day. Do you spend more time on the computer than on your knees?
Friends, I don’t want to be perceived as nagging—well, maybe I am. I so want you to enjoy your day—your gift of joy-filled living only to be found in a personal relationship with our Savior. Make time in your day to be with HIM. Linda