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“Spiritual disciplines” are things we do to stay in love with God and grow in faith.  They can be things we do alone or together; they can be ways to spend time with God or to serve others.  As the people of Sylva First UMC share one of their spiritual disciplines with you each week, we hope it will inspire you to new ways of loving God and growing in faith.

Often as I walk in the woods of how it is so like our journey through this thing we call life.  Sometimes the path is clear and easy and it is fun to be a part of nature.  There are dark times when the path is not clear or seems difficult to move forward.  Often there are both as we take steps each day.

Yet, especially if we are deep in the woods, the surroundings are a comfort. Those old trees have grown and developed no matter the difficulties of humans around them.  They have weathered many types of storms and gifts of pleasure all the while they grow and are there to comfort and provide.

Sometimes, there are clouds to block our view of life.  Those clouds can bring storms, but even in the midst of a trying storm, the clouds will disappear and the sun will eventually brighten the view and warm us.

I trust that as we go forward, it is the promise of the sun and the growth that comes will uplift hearts of myself and those with whom I get to Live.

My heart was recently touched by this quote;

“my scars are now a part of me, forever more.  And yet, there is resilience.  The body finds a way to close the wounds, to live with the scars, to heal.  And yes, even to grow”         

–  The Beekeeper’s Promise by Fiona Valpy

May it be whatever your path is that you feel the comfort and love of the scriptures and all who care and support you.

For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows”

                                                                   2 Corinthians 1:17