When I walked on the beach this morning, I saw footprints laid in the sand in front of me. I tried to step in them, but the stride was too long, and I lagged behind. I needed to set my own pace and establish my own stride. I need that in my faith too. I can’t rely on the beliefs of others nor can I follow exactly the pace that others comfortably set for themselves as they grow in faith. Some make giant steps; others are slower, taking each step with cautious care. Please, God, help me find the right stride in my walk of faith with you. Help me feel your presence beside me so that I grow daily in my relationship with you and in my ability to help others. Guard and guide my walk, I pray. Amen.