Blogging from the Beach


Hello! My name is Annie Henkel, OP and I live in Mobile, Alabama.
I teach art and ukulele for the City Parks and Recreation Department.
I also give some occasional retreats.

What I’m thinking about as I listen to the surf and soak in the beauty of sea and sky, is how easy it is, for me at least, to lose perspective. Current events have a way of blocking the horizon. Dissonant voices drown out laughter and the sound of the breeze. Nature’s gift to me is to reestablish that fundamental connectedness.

My morning prayer usually concludes with, “Okay God, please help me go forth from this place of oneness with You.” Toward mid-day, I often say, “Okay, God, show me something.” It’s amazing to me that this request seldom goes unanswered. Could be a butterfly or somebody who needs more than ukulele help.

In any encounter, my question to myself is usually, “To what end?” How will my words be received? My hope is to live and preach what life lived in God can be like. To that end, my last prayers are usually, “Okay, God. I’m sorry” and “Okay, God. I’m beyond grateful. Thanks.”

Annie Henkel, OP
Mobile, Alabama

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