Just a Longer Walk with Thee . . .

Jonathan and I–and Cocoa–are going for a longer walk than usual today.

Our intent is to begin today with a new standard: walk an hour  a day, either alone or together (but almost always with Cocoa!).


We are both seeking to lose weight–Jonathan a little, me considerably more–so we are coupling this greater exercise with modifying  eating habits. The truth is I have fallen off my pledge to not eat sweets. I am not sure I can go back to eating none, but I surely know I can, and must eat, fewer. I have been praying for help with this, and Jonathan’s determination to change things for himself feels like God’s answer.

The other, perhaps main, thing about the longer walk is that I get to spend more time with others–often Jonathan, usually Cocoa, and more to the point, always with God.

I used to think of walking by myself as a solo act, but over the past few years I have come to accept that I am never alone, and certainly not when I am walking. I nearly always have Cocoa, and often Jonathan. But with or without them, God is always with me.

In walking, I build my relationship with God. I become stronger spiritually–and physically. Lose weight; get closer to my husband, my dog, and my God–that’s all good.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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