I should know that sometimes a piece of writing takes on a life of its own. How many times have I started a sermon with one thought in mind to find out I have been led in a different direction entirely? And so it is with this.
Dealing with my mother's Alzheimer's and my dad's health concerns gives me a lot to think about as far as my own life and how I have or have not taken care of myself. It, as they say, gives me pause.
So today I took a time out and walked down to the river to pray. (and yes that is the title of a song by Alison Krause from the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? And yes, I did sing it while I sat there.
I also sang:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
it is well, it is well with my soul.
(And the horses didn't seem to mind...)
They did notice me at first, but the water and the grass were much more interesting to them than me.
The water was calm even though the wind was blowing. It was so nice to just sit and relax.