It has been over a month since our last post. Our daughter, Sarah, is doing better, but is still unsteady on her feet at times. We sometimes feel as if the Camino is far away now, but at other moments it is fully in our consciousness. It is interesting how our human plans can be changed in the blink of an eye. With our little camino guide, we carefully followed the path well worn by so many pilgrims who went before us. With one brief phone call, our plans changed so dramatically. Upon reflection, this willingness, openness and flexibilty to change our plans may be at the core of what it means to be a pilgrim. Pilgrims do not always know the path. They may get lost or sidetracked. Pilgrims must trust that the path is the one God chooses. It may not be the path we wanted. It may not be the path others have trod. But it is our path, our way and, if we have the courage and grace to follow it, it will lead us closer to our God Creator, Savior and Spirit. Each day, we try to embrace the path God has set before us. Each day we must learn to accept that God’s ways are not our ways. Each day we learn again that the God who has loved us into being journeys with us wherever we go. Our work is not to choose the path, but to follow it, trusting in God’s unconditional love and trying our best to find God right here, right now on our Camino. Towards the middle of our journey, on a cold and rainy day, we took refuge in a church. As we sat trying to warm ourselves we noticed the poster above on one of the pillars. It says:” I am the Camino.” That is what we must continually learn. Jesus is the Camino. His is the only path, the only way, we ever need to follow. May each of us have the courage to follow the Lord, wherever he leads us.
We have made plans to return to the Camino in May to complete the final 150 miles to Santiago. We have also updated a number of the past blogs with pictures from the Camino. Finally, the blog now includes a link to a Picasa web album where pictures from our journey may be viewed.
We plan to continue posts on this blog as we listen more attentively to God’s voice and try to follow his way.
Abundant blessings to each of you for your love, support and prayers. You have helped us find the Camino path.
Ed and Karen