There are woods

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                     Where I lived there were woods where I walked in contemplation every morning and evening. People asked when I moved, Are there woods? Can you walk? Yes, there are woods, deep and quiet, where I walk in silence each day.

And if there weren't, there is still a stand of trees nearby, where I could sit and listen. And if they were gone, there would be my back yard, and a little garden, and if there were no yard I could still sit in this chair and gaze out the window at the neighbor's trees. And if there were no window, no trees across the way, if I could not walk or gaze or see at all,

there are still these gentle woods that stretch out forever, deep and verdant, in my heart, where I go every morning and evening, and whenever I want, in the quiet.

And so do You, walking in the cool of the shade. I know you're here by your great footprints of silence.

                    Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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