I find evenings to be a particularly nice time for a leisurely walk. The work of the day is done, and the night’s rest lies ahead. This is usually a quiet time of day for me.


An evening stroll, in addition to adding to my daily step count, affords me the opportunity to reflect on the day without the distraction of screens and the demands of life and work.


The busier I get, the more important it is for me to take time for myself, time to put the day’s work into God’s hands and to look back in gratitude for my blessings. The idea of being a contemplative in action is more appealing to me as time goes on, and as I see ever more clearly in my life the connection between contemplation, gratitude, and action, between my prayer and my daily life.


As the days grow shorter, it’s a challenge to get in a walk after dinner, but even when I don’t get outside, I can still find a few moments in my room, when I can take a deep breath and rest in God’s love, give thanks for all that has been, and look forward to the day ahead.


Is there a way that you can create a mini-sabbath of rest in your own life, a time each day when you take some quiet time to give thanks and draw strength from the Spirit of God’s love within you?


“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2)


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