Weekly Update – Life on Pilgrimage (3rd February 2022)

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5).  The image of the Christian life as a pilgrimage is a common one, and it’s one that I find particularly helpful.  Wikipedia defines pilgrimage as “a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life.”

Although a pilgrimage generally is to a specific place for a specific time (popular places for Christians are Rome, the Holy Land and the Compostela in Spain), the Christian life is one that never ends – and the personal transformation we experience changes the way we go through our daily life.  

Another aspect of the pilgrimage that I find helpful when thinking about our journey of faith is that, though each of us go through our own individual journey of faith – and each of us will stand before the Lord at the end of our life – God gives us companions to journey with – some for brief seasons, some for the whole of our lives.  These companions help us to keep going when life gets difficult, when we would otherwise be templed to give up. 

These past couple of years have been challenging – but they’ve made me realise and treasure so much more the fellow pilgrims God’s given me; not least here within this church community. 

Who are your fellow pilgrims that you’re grateful for? Thank God for them – and even let them know that you’re grateful for them.  You never know – you could be a real encouragement to them.

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