Beaches 3Many people head off to the beach when the temperature soars and the ocean seems to beckon, inviting us to cool off and relax.

The beach has much more to offer us than social interaction between sunbaking bodies, competing sand castle construction companies and the pervading smell of coconut oil cooking on reddened skin.

Let the beach call us when it is raining and everyone else has disappeared to the domestic dryness of their lounge rooms or computer screens.

The rain beating on your face can refresh the skin and clear the mind, washing away many of life’s little worries.

Let the beach call us before the sun rises, when the sky is heralding a new day. When the overnight tide has washed the human evidence of yesterday’s activities from the sand and the crabs are busy rebuilding their homes.

Let the beach and the never ending movement of the sea remind us of the constant love God has for us all.

It is in this environment we can ask our friend Jesus to give us the courage to learn from yesterday’s mistakes, so we can have the hope and strength to face what the day has to bring.

Peter Mack

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