Checking In

 
I took my dog to a local dog park recently. His favorite thing is to be in the water. The park, which runs along the edge of a cove, is like Paradise to him. I let him out of the car and he’s off like a shot, completely disinterested in any other dogs as he makes his way to the water and charges in. A path runs along the beach and I walk that while he follows along from out in the water. Between the path and the water is beach grass, about 2 or 3 feet high, and at times we lose sight of each other. I laughed out loud after a few times seeing his head pop through the grass, checking to see that I was still there before he disappeared again. It was so like a child, brave and adventurous, until he or she loses sight of their parent. The quick glance to be sure they are still there gives away the underlying fear of being left alone. The image came back to me again after the sermon this Sunday.  It was about faith in God versus faith in ourselves. If we consistently check in with Him, it allays our fear that we will be left to do it alone. We just have to remember to poke our head through the grass and make eye contact.
 
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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