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The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Sometimes our walks are uneventful but not yesterday. I was bundled up, as usual, for my winter morning walk. Bill was having breakfast with a friend so I walked alone. We many times see wildlife on our walks and today was no exception. As I turned a curve I decided to look across the clearing. We’ve only seen deer there a few times but today I was stopped dead in my tracks as one, two. . . . . . seven, eight deer crossed my path only 100 yards in front of me. They hadn’t seen or heard me so I stood still, in wonder, observing their movements and crossings, their unawareness. Tears coursed down my cheeks and contained laughter bubbled up from my heart as I thanked God for this precious morning gift. They were set to eat breakfast and I was set to finish my walk so I slowly moved forward to see what they would do. I expected them to move ahead in the direction they were going but as they saw me,
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looking straight at me, they turned around and one by one lithely ran and leaped across the path—one, two. . . . . . .eight, NINE! I had miscounted! Tears welled again. Into the trees they disappeared as only deer can do. I did finish my walk and was given new energy to do so. Of course, I didn’t see them on my return down the path but I’ll never forget that beautiful moment. I'm actually looking forward to exercising today. Who would have thought?