Every morning, I walk on the beach at dawn, prayerfully. I start with a prayer in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. As I gaze out at the Universe, I see beautiful skies. Walking the beach prayerfully is a unique and beautiful experience. It's an opportunity to sense the presence of God.
Recently, I listened to two audiobooks by Eric Metaxas. The first one is titled "Martin Luther" and the other "Bonhoeffer." Both main characters were coming into their religious fervor through prayer and devotion by reading and meditating on the Bible. It's a reminder that we can't just walk the walk. We must walk it prayerfully. And we can't just read the Bible. We must do it prayerfully, believing that God speaks to us through his Word. Eric Metaxas is an excellent researcher, writer, and storyteller. I highly recommend his books.
Summer in Upper Michigan is a tease, with a few warm days in April, lots of cold and freezing temperatures in May. But when June comes, summer stays for a while. It's nice to see more people walking the trails, riding their bikes, visiting with friends in outside cafes, and braving the freezing waters of Lake Superior. The most profound pictures are taken at dawn. It's during this time of solitude where you experience a sense of awe and wonder as the morning is quiet with only the waves gently lapping at the shore, and the choir of birds joyfully singing. At these moments, I feel blessed to have found what it means to be saved by grace.