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The Ocean In Fall

After Hurricane Sandy, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Ocean City, Maryland this past Sunday.

Our local news said there was quite a bit of damage, but I didn’t see much, other than beach erosion and some problems at the other end of the boardwalk.  

I went to the ocean for a Convocation, a kind of spiritual retreat.  I needed it more than I realized, and as I sat on my balcony and saw the beach and ocean waves, I knew this is where I was supposed to be for a couple of days.

Although I’ve made trips to the beach over the last couple of years, it’s been forever since I’ve spent real time there, and I was not disappointed with my visit.  Do you have a place where you escape from time to time, looking for a recharge?

For me, it’s the ocean.  Walking on the beach, praying and thinking, enjoying the cold wind on my face, a peace flooded over me.  There were very few others on the beach, and more than once, I was all by myself as I walked along the shore.

In my mind, I was thinking about how said it was that in the busy-ness of my life, I hadn’t made time to make it to the ocean for a really long time.  I made the commitment to myself that I wouldn’t let that happen again.  The trip is downright cheap in the fall.  They probably pay you to stay there in the winter 🙂

In the end, I was reminded of the importance of taking care of ourselves.  Many people I know have been absolutely drained by the election race that ended very late last night.

Now, in more ways than one, it’s time to take care of ourselves a bit, getting our spiritual house in order, and de-stress, if that’s what we need.

As I left Ocean City, I drove with a sense of peace that I hadn’t felt for a while.  I was grateful for it, and I promised myself that it wouldn’t be too long until I would walk on the beach again.  It was just what the doctor ordered.





By seedthrower1

I'm passionate about helping people realize that God wants to make something new of them and bring about a permanent transformation in their lives: body, mind, and spirit.

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