Edge by janetb


Sitting around the campfire, we were thinking of starting dinner. We'd been reading about gratitude, and we felt it. Our trip to Kooser State Park was better than we'd ever imagined, and it was just our second day!

An easy morning hike on Tree Army Trail led us onto old, wooden bridges stretching across Kooser Run sparkling in the forest's dappled light. We discovered the youngest tulip tree we'd ever seen — just a foot tall — and an unlikely pair of swings hanging from an old, simple yet sturdy structure. Of course, we each had hop on; and we laughed as we pumped harder and harder, rising higher and higher. Eventually, we carried on and reached an opening in the trees where we found bright sun shining on Kooser Lake's still water. With an early fall chill in the air and a vow to return with fishing gear, we walked hand in hand with our little white pup at the end of her bright orange leash.

When dinnertime rolled around, our hearts swelled with gratitude. Our reading fit right in and prompted me to grab the Nikon and make a picture or two. Asters in all stages of growth glowed along the edge of our campsite in the most glorious light. A gift, indeed!


Gratitude pours out of our souls whenever we're receiving a gift we know we don't deserve and we experience a humble happiness. As sinners who have received the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24), we are receiving these gifts all the time.

— Jon Bloom, Don't Follow Your Heart
Sunlight is wonderful. Beautiful shot!
October 5th, 2021  
Amazing photo and an even more amazing story! Thank you for sharing.
October 6th, 2021  
Love your shot and your wonderful 4th paragraph
October 6th, 2021  
Such a lovely story of gratitude and depicted so well with the early evening rays bringing blessings to rejoice in and making such a delightful picture.
October 7th, 2021  
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