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I Don’t Have to Know It

“Certainly praying takes some admissions, that is, recognition of your state as a man. But this admission does not lead to shame, to a feeling of worthlessness or despair, but rather to the discovery that you are a man and God is God.

To pray is to walk in the full light of God. At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship.

This conversion brings with it the relaxation which lets you breathe again and puts you at rest in the embrace of a forgiving God. The experience results in a calm and simple joy. For then you can say: ‘I don’t know the answer and I can’t do this thing, but I don’t have to know it, and I don’t have to be able to do it.'”

-Henri Nouwen

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Getting Away from it All


Life gets pretty busy sometimes (or most of the time, depending on what you have going on.) I don’t know about you, but I like to get away from it all, every now and then. A little respite from being busy and, unfortunately in today’s world, a break from all the bad news and tragic events.

For me these days, that place of escape is being on the water in a canoe.

No cares, no worries…and lots of beautiful scenery to look at. That “scenery” normally includes my wife 🙂 But, last night I took a solo journey out on the water. The photo above doesn’t do justice to the magnificent sunset, but gives you a glimpse at what I got to see out there.

It was very relaxing. There’s something about the feeling of just floating on top of the water, drifting along. Ah. Wonderful. Sunsets are a bonus out there, and they often have been quite spectacular for us in our various outings.

We try to get out to different places, and we go as often as it’s practical to do so. When it comes to these evening excursions, it seems that instantly whatever cares you have from the day just drift away as you set off on the adventure into nature. Great stress relief, and always time well spent.

What about you? What do you do to relax or get away from it all? Would love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment, below!

Have a great day.

Winter Woods Walk

I took advantage of a sunny, mild morning the other day to take in the sights and sounds of some snowy woods not too far from where I live. It was beyond refreshing.

I love the outdoors and try to enjoy nature whenever I can, which isn’t always that often with the hustle and bustle of life. Whenever the opportunity presents itself I feel like I’ll regret it if I don’t get out there.

Here’s a look at some of what I found on this particular excursion into the forest…

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It was such a peaceful and rejuvenating experience. Ahh.

Birds chirping, woodpeckers doing their thing, melting snow falling from the trees, and a breeze whispering through the trees every few minutes. Perfect.

I spent a few minutes just listening and looking…I really think everyone should do this every now and then. Like Ferris Bueller said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Take a minute and check out this video. Think of it as 60 seconds of serenity 🙂

It’s nothing flashy. Just a brief glimpse at something that no doubt exists in similar form very close to where you live or at least close enough that you could experience it without having to make too much of an effort.

It always amazes me how much there is to enjoy out there.