(The Sabbath Day) It has been a stressful week. A respite came today when I chanced to venture out alone on our land for two hours. Brilliant sunlight, gentle breezes, soft clouds sailing slowly across crystal blue skies…and the birds, the varied polyphony of birds…it was beautiful. I walked slowly, sat and contemplated, prayed, visited wayside shrines of trees and prairie and pond. Tall prairie grass waved in the breeze like an ocean while the wind played across the water and sparkled in the sun. The life in it all, and behind it all, was obvious. God at play. Later, my wife joined me and we sat on a blanket in the sun, immersed in natural wonder, undisturbed for a time. The mercy of God. Then, I remembered the words of the psalmist: God created us to rest in green pastures, to walk beside still waters, to restore our souls. May I never forget this.