Back home in a wet windy Essex after a 540 mile journey finishing after midnight. I can’t remember if I’ve ever driven that far in one day. I saw both the east and west coasts and much of the length of England (apart from the South West).
Life is a journey, often with twists and turns. Seeing places I used to live; visiting where my parents were laid to rest; seeing friends and going near where others live. Moving on can be unsettling but valuing the past and the present are both important. The future is in God’s hands.
Columba was a Pilgrim. From Ireland, to Iona, to Holy Island, Ripon, the Farne Islands and linked with Durham. Yet his strongest identity and where his mission came from was in the Quiet place with God. What journey are you and I on and are we seeing the rainbow through the rain?
I was travelling by choice. Many however have to leave their homes at short notice with virtually nothing. Forced to flee because of their faith. In a way, like the Holy Island monks had to flee before the viking raiders. Christians in northern Nigeria live in constant threat from Fulani raiders, for example. And in many other places too.
I have already mentioned the Open Doors event this Saturday evening 3rd October. 90 minutes of inspiration and challenge. Do sign up and find out what is really happening around the world from people around the world. Join in their journey.