I like to hike so I love living in NC where there are a plethora of trails in the area. I prepare for each hike. I plan how long I’ll be out, the potential weather, the time of day, and the strenuousness of the trail. The length of time out determines how much water I’ll carry. The potential weather determines what clothing I have stuffed in my pack. The strenuousness of the trail determines my footwear, need of hiking stick, and amount of food I’ll carry. I let someone know where I am going and when I expect to be back, give or take an hour. For all that planning, there finally comes a sacred moment. You step out on the trail. You put one foot in front of the other mindful of the changes in hiking conditions. You stop every now and then to take in the views. But you keep going to see what’s around the bend or over the next ridge. If you’re off on a five-mile hike, you’ll find you’ve taken 7,500 steps + or – a few. You may come back tired, but you have been so enriched by the experience you cannot wait to do it again.
Here in our newsletter, a lot of folks have done an incredible job “preparing for a hike” into experiences of God’s love in worship, service, and fellowship. I’d invite you to pull out your calendar, write the events down, and when the sacred moment comes, step out on the trail. Come see what the Spirit has for you around the next bend or over the next ridge. Plan on being enriched intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually and growing in your faith.