Disturber of My Peace

 by Sr Nunother  

I love to walk the beach with Liberty, our miniature poodle, leashed and leading the way. I’ve had, however, an uneasy feeling about coyotes on our particular stretch of sea and sand, and scan the area like a human radar machine. Last evening, quite alone, it happened: in the near distance, a large, shaggy, gray-brown marauder patrolled for food.  Two things immediately crossed my mind: 1. Liberty thinks she’s a pit bull/rottweiler mix, and 2. I’m not dressed for running.

It was chilly, so I wore an ankle length, fleece-lined coat and old black suede shoes with platform heels. (I’m also over sixty with a few extra post-winter pounds.) I prayed, scooped up a disgruntled poodle and ran, frequently tripping over bulging mounds of tough beach grass and sand. Liberty wiggled the entire time and wondered what crazy thing I would do next. I didn’t disappoint. At top speed, I periodically spun around backwards to make sure we weren’t being followed. Exhausted, pulse racing, I eventually clumped across a neighbor’s wooden foot bridge to safety.

This is a true and accurate recounting. I should add that anyone watching from a nearby window got their money’s worth.

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About Sr. Nun Other

May 16, 2012, completed my 30th year as a Sister. It was both a milestone and just another day in an interesting journey. Some of those thirty years included singing with Gloriae Dei Cantores, marching in Spirit of America band, and serving on our Sisters Council. As a monastic, I live surrounded by beauty and within a frame work of opportunity and possibility. I'm sixty-four (much to my surprise) and extremely grateful for my life as a sister - past, present, and future.

2 thoughts on “Disturber of My Peace

  1. You left us hanging. Is there part 2? Is there not a “spiritual lesson” here. I check the blog daily looking for new or different insights into applying my faith to life. Help.

    • Dear Mr. Paisley,
      You’re right – I left you hanging! My spiritual lesson is a personal one and is related to fear. I’ve struggled with fear most of my life – some real and some of my own imagining (in the form of worry.)
      I’ve found that God has asked me to walk through many of my fears to successfully put them to rest. In this case, my fear of a coyote attacking a beloved pet. I now know that God is watching over me (the fear was grounded in reality as we’ve lost at two cats) and He allowed me to see the coyote long before it sensed our presence. I also can laugh at myself and my antics, and hopefully next time, handle the situation differently.
      So in a condensed version, the lesson is pay attention to the Holy Spirit, trust God, and don’t take yourself too seriously…thank you for writing and God Bless!

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