Life itself is a sacred journey but when we decide to join a pilgrimage this sacred journey gets interesting. We get to learn and experience so much. During a pilgrimage, we experience two types of journeys.
The outer journey lets us leave everything behind. We get away from the everyday routines, and all the technology and distractions of the world. We get to exercise daily (which we are always told to do, yet never do). This journey also allows us to meet knew people or spend time with a loved one and experience the history and culture of another country. Its fun and exciting.
Then there's the inner journey. This journey is your own. This is the one that is not as simple as the outer journey. For this one is where we receive gifts and lessons. Sometimes we receive and understand while on the pilgrimage and sometimes not until we return home. The excitement of a pilgrimage and the inner journey is we never know what to expect. You might think you know why you are doing the pilgrimage, but usually we find out during the pilgrimage there is another reason. The best thing to do is open your heart, your ears and your eyes and let the Lord guide you. He will show you the way.
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
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