I can't think of a more spiritual place in the whole world than the ocean's edge. Every time I go there, I stand in absolute awe at the power of the moon and the tide, and I feel so small. My troubles, hurts, fears, are suddenly small. The kiss of the wind, the warmth and light of the sun, the pull of the sand beneath my feet as the tide retreats.... all are God, and when I'm here I know I am in his/her embrace.
I don't really want to raise my children in a church. I don't want to tell them what to believe, which denominations are "right" or "wrong," or even to imply that faith can be "right" or "wrong." I want to take them into nature often and let them meet God themselves.
River, who is, by the way, not an especially calm guy (okay actually he has NO chill) becomes so calm and peaceful here. I like to think that on some level, he already knows. ❤️