Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
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The guided hike through the Milford Track in New Zealand is done in groups of about 40 people moving at our own pace from hut to hut where we spent the nights between the next leg of the track. Each group of hikers had three guides. One at the front led the way so that the faster hikers would still know the way and not get lost. That guide was also called the "party guide" because he or she arrived at the hut first and set up the reception of food and drink for the rest of the group. There was the middle guide whose job it was to make sure hikers stopped for water, snack and rest - answering questions along the way, shouldering a backpack when needed and giving first aid. And there was the rear guide who walked at the pace of the slowest hiker and radioed ahead to the party guide of his or her location. As I hiked the Milford, I learned that I needed them all. They were all pivotal to the success of my journey at various moments along the way. They were my holy trinity and a lasting example of what the Lord does for us all, day after day.
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May I be ever grateful for your path and your company, Lord. Amen.