The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled!!

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
    Recently I went on a journey through time, by going back to Southeast Missouri, where I was raised, and to Reelfoot Lake, where my youth group would go for swimming, and family for cookouts and have a meal of crappie and catfish. I visited two old friends, the mother of some friends, and a United Methodist minister, I have known for many years.
    I have not returned to my childhood home for years, or been to Reelfoot.
    My hometown is declining, my dad’s store that provided for my college and seminary was unrecognizable, and my home church is no more.
    As I stood before Marston(photo above), my first church, which is simply a vacant building now, I remember my excitement and my enthusiasm in that first appointment.
    My passion for ministry has only grown through the years, through whatever has been thrown in my way. Ultimately found being lead to the road less traveled:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”
    It is that “road less traveled,” which has been a gift, and a gift that continues to remind me that:
“Life is short.
We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts’
of those who travel the way with us.
So be swift to love.
Make haste to be kind.
And the peace of God–The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always.”
Fr. River Damien Sims,sfw, D.Min.. D.S.T
P.O. Box 646256
San Francisco, CA 94164

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