The sign posted near the boardwalk warns that there is construction going on; “Beware of Splinters” it proclaims. I lift my feet as I walk, careful not to slide them along in a slouchy gait that has become habitual. Why, I wonder, do I too often drag my feet along, as if they’re heavy to raise? Am I like that in my daily religious walk as well, sliding along, picking up splinters and then wondering why my feet are sore? Perhaps I am, moving heavily through my days, finding petty matters to complain about, and whining when everything isn’t as I might like. Forgive me, Lord, for picking up splinters instead of moving through the day and the gifts you’ve given me with joy and wonder. Help me raise my feet and my spirits in response to your unending goodness. Amen.