Spiritual Practice

Looking At My Feet

Holly Jones & Don Fay

Sometimes, when I need to sort out my thoughts and relax, I take a walk. One day after worship, I was walking along a path that winds through the woods near my church. When it was time to leave, I turned around and looked up. The trees back here are beautiful, I thought. Why didn’t I notice them while I was walking? Then I remembered that I had been looking at my feet.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.
Psalm 23:4a (NRSV)

Other times in my life have reminded me of the walk I took that day—times when I have gotten so caught up in worrying about field hockey practice, play rehearsal, and school projects that I didn’t think to look at anything else. But I have learned to look to God to find relief from my worries. Although I still have worries and continue to take walks to relieve stress, it is God who helps me to avoid the rough spots on the path of life and encourages me to focus on the beauty of creation.

—Holly Jones, 15



When we must walk a dark road, carry a heavy load,
resist a nagging sin, face an impossible moment—
to have a friend who has been through it all,
to have a friend who loves us, goes with us, shares with us—
this is redemption.

—Don Fay

—from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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