Friday Five: Post-Pilgrimage Edition

Reverendmother of RevGalBlogPals writes:

Hello friends, I am just back from a lovely time of pilgrimage in the isle of Iona, “cradle of Scottish Christianity.” It has provided much food for thought, to say the least, and so, to keep the pilgrim mojo going:

1. Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? (however you choose to define the term) Share a bit about it. If not, what’s your reaction to the idea of pilgrimage?

Yup yup yup. However, it might not fit YOUR idea of a pilgrimage. Alumni Band week is coming up at Ohio State… and I won’t make it there this year. (And it’s too bad, too because my Beloved Bearded Spouse has never had the experience of sitting in the midst of 100,000 screaming fans clapping together…)

2. Share a place you’ve always wanted to visit on pilgrimage.

I’d like to go to Victoria Falls… between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Song of Solomon 8:7

3. What would you make sure to pack in your suitcase or backpack to make the pilgrimage more meaningful? Or does “stuff” just distract from the experience?

Definitely my camera and a journal… because the pictures and the words I jot down bring back the memories of the experience!

4. If you could make a pilgrimage with someone (living, dead or fictional) as your guide, who would it be? (I’m about this close to saying “Besides Jesus.” Yes, we all know he was indispensable to those chaps heading to Emmaus, but it’s too easy an answer.)

Hmmmmm… I think that I’d like to have Teresa of Avila, because she had a way of making the everyday spiritual experience FULL of the Presence of God. I think that would be energizing! Can you imagine what she would be able to express about the power and glory of the Falls??? Whoa.

5. Eventually the pilgrim must return home, but can you suggest any strategies for keeping that deep “mountaintop” perspective in the midst of everyday life? (don’t mind me, I’ll be over here taking notes.)

Write about it. Blog about it. Look at your photos and musings from living through it. Take time to remember how God spoke to you in the midst of that pilgrimage. For instance, my new “happy place” will now be in a jacuzzi surrounded by the Alps… with a glass of Chardonnay beside me… like this…

Yeah. That just about does it…


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