In some respects it seems we have only arrived …
and in another as if we have been here a lifetime …
no matter the perspective we have a life to return to in Indiana.
We came as tourists with much to see …
we have the souvenirs, the stories, and the pictures to prove it.
But somewhere along the journey we also became pilgrims.
What’s the difference?
A pilgrim takes joy in the journey with the understanding that the journey only exists because of the destination and the destination lights the journey with joy. The pilgrim is interested in some thing at the end of his pilgrimage.
And the driving force for every pilgrimage is a desire to be with God. To know God. To grow closer to Him. To see God in a new way. To hear what He is teaching us.
So for each of us … somewhere along the journey …we have become pilgrims. Each discovering anew some thing that informed, strengthened, renewed, energized our faith. We are prepared to return home, but we are not the same.
We will sort through all of our pictures.
We will deliver gifts.
We will even have more than a few stories to share.
But we will also come home not quite the same
… and for that we are grateful.
all that we have seen has been filtered through a cross
… and the joy of an empty tomb!
As you encounter us in the coming weeks, ask about our trip …
but also give us time to find the words that can go beyond all that we have seen …
all the trinkets and momentos we have brought back … all the pictures we have taken …
Give us time to find the words to convey what it has meant to become pilgrims walking in His Steps in the Holy Land and now at home.