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Topic: River (08/31/06)
TITLE: My Favourite Place
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It is hard to imagine my life without a daily walk down by the river. The river has been my life source in a way I have not experienced before at any time, anywhere. My river walk experiences have introduced many changes into my life. It is a place where I can soak in the warmth of the sunshine or feel the coolness of a winter breeze. It is a place to ponder on God’s mercies and grace. No better place to spend time with my Lord, at the start of the day, than by the river my favourite place.
The first few times I attempted the daily walk, I found it quite a difficult task to accomplish. I had previously considered it was enough to sit on the grass beside the car and enjoy the peace. Now I walk right to the end of the path where I found a place of solace. Walking is a painful experience for me. For almost ten years, I have had to drag my right leg behind me like a piece of heavy wood. About a year ago, a podiatrist introduced me to a new friend, a drop-foot splint. The orthoses gives me a much more normal gait pattern and allows me to walk with less stress on the joints. It creates a reflex movement that allows me to swing my leg forward in a more normal walking rhythm. Since receiving the splint, I have been more active, but walking is painful most days.
My writing inspiration comes broad and swift after my times spent by the river. It is like being in harmony with creation, independently closer to God the Creator. Expressions of my thoughts, I share through my poems and devotions that are stimulated by my river walks. Words, sentences and even just ideas, blend into my thoughts while I take in the glorious surroundings. I have offered up many a prayer to my Lord when walking the brick pathway along the river.
A wooden park bench is located on the grassy bank where I can take in the panoramic view, overlooking a bend in the river. I love to sit for a while before taking the trek back along the pathway. I can view the distant mountain range that outlines the horizon. When I look back up the river, I can see the sturdy bridge where cars and trucks travel back and forth to their destinations. The bridge is over a wider section of the river and its distance produces a toy like effect. Fauna and flora is in abundance. Every living plant and creature around me worships the Lord with its uniqueness. I am amazed at the many new discoveries in the beauty of this river. Every day I see a new portrait painted by the Creator. The river reflects the majestic wonder of God’s greatness.
The realisation that I too am unique in God’s plan has expanded my relationship with the Lord. My Maker meets me anywhere at any time, but this is my special place I pour out my soul to the Father. He knows my every weakness. He knows my every pain.
My future looks bleak in the eyes of my doctors. In my eyes, I see peace, beauty and expectations of God’s promises to his children. One day I will be with Him, in all His glory, in a place where there is no more pain and tears wiped away. Until then, I will enjoy the little pleasures in this life He has given to me. I will spend time walking beside Him, by the river, my favourite place to be.
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