Swimming in the Moonlight

Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,

Sounds romantic and poetic, doesn’t it?  Let me tell you, Stephen & I swam in the moonlight tonight and it was wonderful to get back in the pool.  I swam for only 1/2 hour, as I thought I should take it easy.  I’m happy to report that I’m back on track:  Today is my second day of not taking a nap and I’ve opened up my food options, beyond Ginger Ale and Saltines. My old humor is back, I caught myself humming today, and I am so grateful to be alive! 

Thank you for supporting me, in this refining fire!  I tell my swim students [I have two new ones!] that the water is designed to support us.  All we have to do is be willing to trust:  kick our feet up off the bottom of the pool floor, become horizontal, lean our heads back, breathe deeply, and relax — so that we can float!  All of you are as elemental as water to me:  I could not survive without you.  I trust that God will use us to support each other, through our various difficult journeys. 

Psalm 46:  Deus Noster Refugium

God is our hope and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore, will we not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof rage and swell, and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same.  There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most Highest.  God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed; God shall help her, and that right early.  Be still then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Domine, Refugium.

Coram Deo,



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6 responses to “Swimming in the Moonlight

    • margopayne

      Dear Meredith,

      Me, too! When the lights came on [the lamp posts and those visible underneath the level of the pool water] it reminded me of my childhood, swimming at night at the Air Force Base pool, when one of my friends had a summer birthday party. Such fun and such carefree days! [Sigh.]

      I guess I should have mentioned, for clarity, that Stephen & I were at the Trousdell Aquatic Center, surrounded by lots of other people. . .



  1. Patty Lang

    Praise God that you are feeling better after such a scary weekend. My little boys have been praying for you in their nightly prayers. I am going to be walking in the Breast Cancer walk at then end of the month in honor of you and two other friends in Tallahassee. You are such an inspiration to so many.

    • margopayne

      Dear Patty,

      Thank you for continuing to support me in prayer and please tell your wonderful sons that I appreciate their prayers, also!

      Thank you for adding feet to your prayers, in walking in the Breast Cancer Walk! I am very honored to be remembered in this way.

      Coram Deo,

  2. Kris Bowers

    Hi Margo,

    Maddy got your email message. You are constantly on our minds and in our hearts & prayers. We love you and continue to lift you up to the Lord.

    I am glad you got a nice swim in :-). I love swimming by moonlight.


    • margopayne

      Dear Kris,

      Thank you for your continued prayers. I am sorry I missed church today. Not quite feeling up to it today but yet continuing to recover from last weekend.

      Thanks for reading this blog and for commenting. It really does my heart good to read comments from my dear friends.

      Coram Deo,

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