Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.
Two summers before I meet Danny, I choose to do something which, at the time, is a radical decision for me - to take a vacation.
On. My. Own.
Well, not exactly on my own. My Norfolk terrier, Maggie, will be with me. The most blessed and comforting companion I could have.
But, as a single woman with grown children, I am weary of waiting for things to happen to me. I want to make things happen!
After all, I could be single the rest of my life. I need to learn to fend for myself. To enjoy life. To take risks.
To face my demons.
To live fully, completely, into my moments.
I assure my loving and concerned parents that I'm not all that crazy. Yes, I can do this. I have to. Don't worry, I have Maggie. I have a cell phone. I will call. You can call. Here's where I'm staying.
Whew! It's great to be loved.
I plan ahead and pack accordingly. On the day of departure, I load the van, help Maggie into the passenger seat, close the door, and plant myself in the driver's seat.
And, we're off! To a quaint, tiny, pet-friendly cabin near Helen, Georgia.
Where trails and streams and waterfalls abound and beg our exploration.
A perfect vacation for this outdoor lady and her trusty dog.
Whose company I am so grateful to have.
Who makes me feel braver and more capable than I could ever feel if I were actually . . . on . . . my . . . own.
My precious, happy-go-lucky Maggie. My confidant. My faithful friend.
My fellow sojourner on this journey called life.
The journey we embrace together with grace.
Knowing, in hearts shared, the demons are defeated.
Have you ever vacationed on your own?
Will you share this prayer with me?
We know, Father, that we are not intended to walk this life's journey alone. Even when we feel there is no on with us, we can rest in the knowledge that Your Son is ever beside us, walking with us, and carrying us when we grow weary. We thank you for every good gift, every blessing, every friend. Amen.
Psalms 78:1-39 or 78:40-72
1 Corinthians 7:32-40