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Monday morning walk in the woods

Holy One
I walk
the early morning light is dappled and green
The puppy runs ahead; bouncing, skittish – her exuberant joy spilling over as she leaps and bounds through the wet grass

I pause – thank you for green light and skittish puppies.

I walk
It has rained overnight and the warm rising sun is making the air damp; musty; earthy – and I breathe in deeply allowing it to fill me

I pause – thank you for air; for water; for being grounded.

I walk
The path steepens; my breath quickens
The puppy is still running ahead; running back; looking at me as I pant and slow – as if to say, come on!! get a move on! This is the moment; this is fun!!

I pause. Thank you for the ability to walk and pant and climb and embrace this day; for every day. For this walk in the woods, on a damp Monday morning, with a puppy who reminds me that life is full of joy and discovery.
yes.
thank you for that
For all creation rightly praises God – creator of all we have
Amen

Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She recently married and is getting used to a new name. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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