As I traveled from Louisville, to Chicago (back through TSA) and now sitting in the Dublin airport, before my final flight to Paris it couldn’t be more clear that this journey is underway.
While I don’t have a great deal to reflect on, I have had the privilege to read a great many prayers that have been sent for my pilgrimage. Prayers for healing of a loved one experiencing a difficult relationship. Prayers for hope as a sibling longs for strength to support the other with ill health. Prayers from a mother desperate for their child’s wellbeing. Prayers from a child grasping for support during their parent’s failing marriage. Prayers for a family experiencing a recent death. Prayer for love as new life and new marriages unravel. When you sit with the mercy of God and listen to the cries of God’s people you come to recognize the agonizing plea for peace, hope, and love that we all universally yearn for. Our desire for loving acceptance is revealed in our communion with one another—our relationship with God. For it is in human connections that we reveal the capacity of God’s love and mercy.
May our shared pilgrimage through life continually reveal God’s endless love and mercy with all our unfolding relationships.