“Our encounters with strangers—the unknown, the unexpected, foreign elements that spark our fear—are precisely the places where we are most likely to encounter God.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner

What sparks your fear?

No return

It is said that before entering the sea

a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,

from the peaks of the mountains,

the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,

she sees an ocean so vast,

that to enter

there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.

The river can not go back. … ~ Khalil Gibran

Where do these lines take you?

Start close in

Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first


close in,

the step

you don’t want to take. ~ David Whyte

What is your first step?