Pilgrim Ponderings

Many have asked me to share the spiritual insights that emerged from our recent travels so below you’ll find a few of my pilgrim ponderings on the journey of life.  While I’ve selected a few photos to include here, you’ll find a larger collection—taken by several members of the group—shared in this video. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Beginnings and Endings

  • We cannot force extraordinary things to happen to us, but we can put ourselves in the places of possibility.
  • Preparation, both internal and external, requires intention and effort, but the payoff is well worth it.
  • Remember to integrate your experiences back into your daily reality so they don’t get lost in the rear view mirror.
  • Guides and companions, both chosen and those that come to us by accident, can and do make all the difference.
  • In the end there is nothing left to do but begin with the first step, over and over again.


We make the road by walking

  • Trails can be easy to traverse or they can be rugged and difficult, with each step requiring care and a commitment to trust in the face of fear.
  • Embrace the microcosm at each stage of the journey, remembering there is beauty in each one, however elusive.  Also, whether you like your current journey or not, the one thing you can count on is that it will change and keep changing.
  • Paying attention is tricky—you can walk right past a moose just ten feet away, miss a big horned sheep or forget to turn around to catch the view.  Engage all your senses, including your intuition.
  • Breaks are essential…so is nourishment for body and spirit.
  • Collect best practices along the way to avoid repeating rookie mistakes, like putting up your tent on a tree root.

Importance of perspective

  • Mountains are beauty born of challenge…what beauty is being birthed in your life?
  • Be awake to the powerful forces around and within you—weather, fatigue, community, wonder to name just a few.
  • Equal opportunity:  Tiny animals and flowers are just as breathtaking as tremendous vista.
  • Remember you have the ability to change the lens you’re using to see any situation.
  • Creation trusts the ongoing cycle of birth, death and resurrection—fallen logs become nurseries for new growth—Jesus invites us to do the same in our lives.

I would love to hear the insights you’re gleaning this summer, so please reply to this email with any you’re willing to share.

Hope to see you Sunday,

Pastor Elizabeth