Ponder: Turtles are beautiful, creatures worthy of artistic rendering, like this one. But an all-stone turtle misses God's point. Some parts of me are soft and need protection. Sometimes I need to tuck them in. Sometimes I am safe and can stretch them out into the sun. When was the last time I came out so I could move forward?

Pray: God, I thank you for the carapace of your caring that I have needed so many times. I thank you for the joy of all the times I have poked out into the world and, once out, the slow sweet grace for winning my race in spite of a hurried world of hares. Amen.

Author Credit: Maren C. Tirabassi - Photo Credit: Michelle Torigian

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