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Preparation

 
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  posted October 7, 2010  
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Take nothing for your journey, no staff, no bag, no bread, nor money - not even an extra tunic.

Luke 9:3

The longing that grows within us to step out and seek an encounter with God may be to a specific place or community. When that yearning comes together in time and space we are ready to begin our preparations.

I so enjoy the process of preparation for a pilgrimage. I like to read about the place and its history, geography and the spiritual lives of those who have made this journey before me. I enjoy perusing the internet for great deals on transportation. I take pleasure in finding novels that interpret the experiences of others.

But it is very hard for me to keep the suitcase and spirit light. I often find it hard to let go of the “to do” list at home. I ponder the questions I bring to the experience which often inhibits the chance encounters along the way. I carry too many clothes trying to be prepared for every kind of weather.

So, my spiritual practice in preparation for pilgrimage is to seek simplicity in all things and look to the road itself for what I may need along the way. Like the medieval pilgrim, I don’t want things to keep me from encounters with God, myself or others.

What does it mean for you to travel light? What do you need to let go of in preparation for the journey?

Blessings, Susan

 

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