HOME - Day 1: Thursday, January 31, 2019 – Depart Home (All Saints' Episcopal Church Holy Land and Biblical Jordan Pilgrimage)
What are you leaving behind? What troubles, concerns, matters of the head and of the heart? Does all of it have to go with you, or might some of it stay back?
What would you like to take with you? What hopes, longings, curiosities, wondering?
What might you bring back? How might you be more than who you are now on your return?
This is the day for leaving home, the familiar and comfortable, the known. Time to lose sight of land in search of the stars.
Disturb Us, Lord
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
(attributed to Sir Francis Drake -1577)
All Saints’ Episcopal Church Meditations and reflections from the 2019 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Biblical Jordan.