for those who have far to travel

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Before I can post anything new about my time here and what is physically happening, I have to get this out of my system.  My parents surprised me by packing in some hidden gifts in my suitcase without my knowing.  When I unpacked my suitcase I found little nuggets of gold, not literally of course (can you imagine how much that would weigh!). These are those little nuggets of words that keep you going in life.  This is what one of the bookmarks says…

If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known toward the place you know not.

Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as it comes into our keeping, step by single step.

There is nothing for it but to go, and by out going take the vows the pilgrim takes:

to be faithful to the next step; to rely on more than the map, to nee the signposts of intuition and dream; to follow the star that only you will recognize; to keep an open eye for the wonders that attend the path; to press on beyond , beyond fatigue, beyond what would tempt you from the way.

There are vows that only you will know: the secret promises for your particular path and the new ones you will need to make when the road is revealed by turns you could not have foreseen.

Keep them, break them, make them again; each promise becomes part of the path, each choice creates the road that will take you to the place where at last you will kneel.

to offer the gift most needed– the gift that only you can give– before turning to go home by another way.

-Jan Richardson (from Circle of Grace)

I just love every word and want to hold on to them for dear life.  This is not just my journey abroad, but the journey of life.  I hope to live out these words and understand them in new ways every time I read over them.


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