footsteps in sandGod of infinite patience, mercy, blessing, love, tolerance, forgiveness, tenderness, and so much more; these have been grueling days. Our prayers are heavy with lament, and our bodies drag with the weight and fatigue of so much grief and concern. We want to lift our heads and our hearts to you with joy, to sing with abandon and dance with vigor and rambunctiousness. We move, step by step, closer to that place of delight, eager to connect with your holy vibrations. We reach for you as a toddler reaches to the one who will steady its steps, eager for the stability of our own legs and grateful for the assurance of your embrace. The effort is intense, but we’re here! Accept the glance of gratitude and the wink of acknowledgment, because some days it’s all we’ve got. Our feet move, I promise they do. One step, and then another. Because, you.

Anne Fraley is an Episcopal priest serving Grace Church, Broad Brook, CT. A dog-lover from prepubescent days, she also dabbles in canine massage. Newly transitioned back to her home state, she is reveling in rediscovering old haunts and exploring new ones. Occasionally she succeeds at reviving her blog at reverent irreverence.

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