Just over a week ago, Eunice wrote about a grand adventure that she was embarking on to India with her cousin. Today, I am so excited to be doing the same. I recently finished my undergraduate degree and before settling into a summer job, this newly minted grad is craving adventure and a little bit of peace and silence.
In just a few hours I am boarding a flight that is bound to Europe to walk the Camino de Santiago with my cousin Muffy. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage route across Northern Spain that leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St. James the Great. Thousands of pilgrims make the journey each year, on foot, by bicycle, and some on horseback.
We will begin our journey in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France on Wednesday and will walk for 33 days, one day for each of Christ’s years on Earth. The entire pilgrimage will, God willing, take us a total of 40 days.
We have been preparing for this adventure for almost two years now and are really looking forward to the journey and the immense amount of time we will have for prayer and personal reflection. I hope that the Lord will use this opportunity to speak to my heart and transform me without the chaos and distractions of day-to-day life.
The journey will be challenging both mentally and physically. I know that I will not be able to do it alone. There will be times when my feet will surely be swollen and spattered with blisters and I will be ready to throw in the towel and head home.
As such, we would like to be able to carry your prayer intentions with us as we walk. We are carrying a small book of intentions with us to offer up when the journey gets particularly difficult. Knowing that we are walking not only for ourselves but for you as well will be a source of strength. Many pilgrims carry a small rock with them, which signifies a burden or weight that they might be carrying in their life. In a small village of Foncebadon pilgrims leave the rock at the foot of the Cruz de Ferro. We will leave this book at the cross after offering up your specific intentions along the Camino.
So, if you have any special intentions or prayers for yourself or your loved ones and would like us to offer them up as we walk, comment on the post below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep Eunice and I in your prayers too, as we venture out into the world with our cousins and friends. We’d love to know, have you ever been on a pilgrimage? Feel free to share your wisdom or blister care tips below in the com box!