It was the Greens last day at the ocean. Very early in the morning Mr. and Mrs. Green walked along the shore line side by side, hand in hand. The footprints they left behind were soon washed out to sea leaving a clean slate for the next person to create their own memory.
Mrs. Green felt the end of things was more precious than the beginning. At the end of something wonderful she was left with a permanent imprint. It was not like the footprints in the sand. Her sincere appreciation for the stunning wonder of this world, was going home with her, making her more beautiful, fascinating, and appreciative of all God had given her.
Mrs. Green did not try to hold onto the moment. She had learned to appreciate the ocean without trying to grasp the waves in her hand. She knew the beauty was the permanent gift she would take with her. The miracle of the sun rising and setting over the ocean was not lost on her. She looked out over the water and up to the skyline and felt intensely grateful. The cool waves rolled in and covered her ankles. The sky seemed bluer than a sapphire. The ocean seemed to lift her soul and carry her along to a hidden place where childlike happiness dwelt.
Even though Mrs. Green did not try to hold onto the moment, the moment seemed to hold onto her. She was no longer content to go on a walk along the shore. She turned and ran into the ocean. Mr. Green was surprised for only a moment and then he ran, fully clothed and in his shoes, into the ocean past the break of the waves to join her.
The Green’s played in the waves like two young children. They frolicked in the cool white foamy surf. They laughed out loud. On this trip they had allowed the stunning sunsets, blue skies, white sand, and glistening ocean to renew their spirits. They were truly grateful for the experience.
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