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No Need to Get Lost on the Journey

                                                                    September 27, 2017
Dear Friends,

I saw the footprints in the sand and thought of that poem.  Yet, I wasn't
really thinking about God.  I just followed the footsteps.  I was hoping
they would lead me to the remains of Fort Mansfield on Napatree Point.  
I'd heard so much about it.  I wanted to see it.

We have a painting of the scene at the church.  It was painted by a
members' father many years ago.  I've sat in meetings and looked up
at it from time to time.  That's where my interest in it began.  I finally
decided that I would go exploring and see if I could find it.

It sounds silly to admit that it took six years for me to venture out and
try to find one of the most talked about places in Watch Hill.  That's
the way life goes.  We think about doing something.  There's always
something else that comes up and pushes it to the background.

At first there were many sets of footprints.  A lot of people had walked
the beach on this particular day.  They went up and down and all
around.  Soon they began to thin out.  I rounded the corner and lost
sight of them for a moment.  Then I saw them again.

I walked quite a ways before I realized that I wasn't going to find it on
my own.  I eventually met someone who told me I had to go back and
cross over to the other side.  By then it was getting late and I had to
get back to church for a meeting.  So I never got to see the fort.

As I was walking back to my car I kept asking myself why I hadn't
asked someone for directions before I left.  I guess I thought I could
just follow everyone else's footsteps to get to where I wanted to go.  
Instead I spent a lot of time and energy to get nowhere.

The truth is that our spiritual life is a journey.  We can sit in one place
for a while or we can seize the day and walk with the Lord.  It's your
choice.  So stop making excuses.  Get started today.  Just don't do what
I did.  Do it the right way.  Here are three tips to help you along.

First, travel with friends.  They will help you if you get off course.  Second,
use the map God gave you. It's called the Bible. Third, don't forget your
G-phone.  Pray and talk to God regularly.  If you do these simply things
you won't need to look for wandering footprints. You will find your way.

God bless!  See you in church.

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