The Pilgrimage began a year and a half before we actually went on the journey to Scotland, where we were assimilated into the culture by starting in Edinburgh.
We then went onto the Scottish Borders
Scots View and Wallace Statue
Jedburgh Allerton House
Old Melrose Abbey
The Pilgrimage was a wonderful experience for all in the group.
Holy Island was liked by many of the participants and most of them if they where given the opportunity would liked to have stayed longer.
As a result of preparing for the Pilgrimage a lot of research was done by myself and as a result I put the information all together into a booklet. It is still a work in process but it is material to be used for the next Pilgrimage.
I’m about to begin planning for the next Pilgrimage.
Those who want to go to Scotland or UK, and have an interest in Celtic Christian Spirituality.
Before the Pilgrimage to the UK, a stepping stone could be a long weekend at Columcille Megalith Park,PA. Accommodation at Kirkridge. This is not a prerequisite it can be a stand alone experience, for anyone who wants an introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality, and don’t want to take the long journey to the UK.
Retreat Focus: Celtic Christian Spirituality, Art, Contemplation and silence and immersion in nature, as creation magnifies the creator.
Problems to solve or resolve
1. Too busy to be still, know self, know
God or the Divine Spirit. (Partner with the Wild Goose)
2. Caught in the routine of life so that
you feel like you are only going through the motions.
3. You know you need to get away, give
yourself permission to have a getaway for yourself.
My three experiential activities the person on the retreat would participate inwhen on the pilgrimage or mini pilgrimage
1. To be in Scotland Iona, Lindisfarne or Cornwall. Or prior to international experience go to Columcille Megalith Park,PA. And be immersed in the beauty of nature and location, having the time and space for being still, and to draw close to our journey companion, the Spirit. We are on a journey, daily we enter into a pilgrimage, but at times we are going through the daily grind, and have need of being in a sacred thin place, having a moment of encounter with God in a sacred space and location.
2. Go and ponder the thresholds of life, at a stone circle, entering a holy building, or by walking a labyrinth.
3. Have time to Journal the journey, and given times to ponder our thoughts and feelings. Resting in the different experiences, plus reflect in a different manner by going on a walk and take a photo of a space that has captured your imagination or you have felt a connection too.
The accommodation near Columcille I would like to use is at Kirkridge
A sacred journey and ancient paths to be
This is Celtic Christian spirituality. Is a
discovery of ancient paths or a way of life!
This way has a connection to the creator
and nature, as creation magnifies the creator. We will be given time to have
space to create art, be in nature, develop relationships, and also time with
God. Having fellowship with fellow believers, being inspired in locations that
have been places of pilgrimage, that have been tried and tested for years.
Becoming that oasis of are sacred places
where for centuries people have gone to encounter these sacred spaces. To walk
gently on the earth.
accommodation: Location, Location, Location!
Is it clean and charming?
Does it add to the experience and not take away from the
feel you are trying to create?
Is it close to an activity that is in line with the theme of
Make sure the morning session activity flows into the
planned site to be seen.
After lunch: Is the activity in line with the theme of what
you are promising to give? Is the location of the activity not too far away and
is in line with focused goal that you are promising to give?
Are there places of interest not too far from the
accommodation location of the retreat?
A different UK location I’m pondering and considering is Cornwall for a Pilgrimage location:
St Piran’s Day is popular in Cornwall and the term
‘Perrantide’ has been coined to describe the week prior to this day. Many
Cornish-themed events occur in the Duchy and also in areas in which there is a
large community descended from Cornish emigrants. The village of Perranporth
(‘Porthpyran’ in Cornish) hosts the annual inter-Celtic festival of ‘Lowender
Peran’, which is also named in honour of him.
The largest St Piran’s Day event is the march across the
dunes to St Piran’s cross which hundreds of people attend, generally dressed in
black, white and gold, and carrying the Cornish Flag. A play of the Life of
St Piran, in Cornish, has been enacted in recent years at the event. Daffodils
are also carried and placed at the cross. Daffodils also feature in
celebrations in Truro, most likely due to their ‘gold’ colour. Black, white and
gold are colours associated with Cornwall due to St Piran’s Flag (black and
white), and the Duchy Shield (gold coins on black).
In 2006 Cornish MP Dan Rogerson asked the government to make
5 March a public holiday in Cornwall to recognise celebrations for St Piran’s
Day. In 2010, a short movie about St. Piran was made and premiered at the
Heartland Film Festival.
St Nectan’s Glen is an area of woodland in Trethevy,
Cornwall, near to magical Tintagel. It houses a spectacular 60-foot waterfall
known as St Nectan’s Kieve, the only waterfall of its kind, where the water
falls down through a holed stone into the basin below. The waterfall is said to
have healing powers, and is described as being one of the ten most spiritually
significant places in the country.
The making of Sacred Wonders, I had never heard of St
Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall. It is an astonishingly beautiful, even magical spot,
like a fairy glen made real. The glen has been cut by water and erosion during
who knows how many millennia. What greets the visitor now is a waterfall that
drops around 20m into a natural bowl and then emerges through a circular hole
cut by the endless stream. Moss and lichen cloak the sheer sides, along with
precariously perched trees, so the whole place has a mysterious, otherworldly
atmosphere. Once revered by pre-Roman Celts, who venerated the spirit of the
water, and later associated with the 6th Century Saint Nectan, it is still
visited today by thousands of people from all over the world. The Arthur myth
too has been bolted on and folk thereabouts believe the king and his knights
came to the glen to be blessed, before heading out in search of the Holy Grail.
Christians, Buddhists, pagans and curious visitors with no religious beliefs of
any kind are drawn to the place to this day. Many leave little souvenirs of
their visit – single coins wedged into tree trunks, old train tickets from the
journey, photos and keepsakes of loved ones.
8. Iona, to the west of Mull, Scotland
St Columba, the man credited with converting the Scottish
Gaels to Christianity, fled or was driven out of Ireland in 563 AD. He was
likely a high-born son of the O’Neill clan and so able to use his status to
befriend the great and the good of western Scotland.
The wonder of Iona
is the symbolic center of Scottish Christianity
It was one of the greatest centers of learning in Dark Age Europe
St Columba established a monastery which became a center of pilgrimage
Source: BBC History
Discover the history of Iona
The Kingdom of the Gaels
He attended the inauguration of King Aedan mac Gabhrain in
574 and for his efforts was awarded the island of Iona. It was there that he
and his followers established a Christian community, which in time became one
of the brightest beacons of European Christianity. As well as the faith,
Columba and his ilk brought literacy to the tribes. The community on Iona
brought stability to much of the west of Scotland and the life of the saint was
made immortal by the hand of Adomnan, a later abbot of Iona who wrote, The Life
of Saint Columba.
A more plausible theory is that the carvings are related to
the early Christian hermitage at St Nectan’s Glen, further up the river. We
know that the hermitage was a destination for pilgrims as early as the 6th
century, and it would make sense that pilgrims would have walked up the river
from Rocky Valley to the hermitage. Could the labyrinths have been carved on
the old pilgrim’s path, and if so, what did they signify?
Finding the labyrinth carvings is straightforward. Just
follow the footpath off the B3266 between Tintagel and Trethevy, opposite the
minor road to Hagabron. Alternatively, take the South West Coast Path from
either Boscastle or Tintagel, and turn inland when you come to the mouth of the
River Trevillet. You will see the exposed rock face near the ruins of Trethevy
Mill, and the carvings are quite easy to spot.
I took the longer route, starting in Boscastle and following
the south west Coast Path along the cliffs. The scenery is simply stunning, and
well worth the exertion. Just follow the signposted path to Rocky Valley. When
I visited one of the footbridges across the river was washed out, but I was
able to find a safe place to leap across without too much trouble.
This looks to have turned out well, resonating with me so much, putting visually, and with a spoken narrative what I would like to have said myself. I hope this will unlock a new awareness for people about Celtic Christian Spirituality.
CELTIC PILGRIMAGE does what I want to articulate, communicating what I want to express in a wonderful way, with quality, and in a powerful way. It is what I wanted to say, and couldn’t put words too. A demonstration of a rich heritage we do not want to lose, this is going to be a tool to aid this from not happening.
Going by the preview that we have been able to see. I’m Looking forward to the seeing the whole thing when it comes out.
Thanks to all the contributors that have put so much time into this gem of a work. To help keep these women and men of God always before us, to inspire a deeper walk as they had, making people aware of these men and women of faith.
I hope there are more in the works to cover some of the other Celtic nations and saint, like from Wales, Cornwall, and others that are not coming to mind right now. Plus more of the Women who contributed in a rich way to this stream of faith, that became a raging river. However, I’m extremely happy and look forward to having this in my DVD Library, when it comes available.
Revival exploded during the Dark Ages across Ireland, Scotland, and England, led by Apostles and Prophets who raised the dead, encountered angels, and took entire nations for Christ. Follow the steps of these leaders and discover powerful lessons for the church today in the film, “Celtic Pilgrimage,” available on DVD on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2018. ~ CELTIC PILGRIMAGE
Spiritual Awakening in the Dark Ages! Follow in the steps of Celtic saints as a fresh wave of the Gospel sweeps Ireland, Scotland, and England in 400-665 AD. ~ Seed TV
The Agenda is all subject to change dependent on the needs of the group and to consider the pace that we need to take.
“For a successful pilgrimage experience, the outer journey must never be so filled with activity that the inner journey is crowded out.” pg 6 Soulfaring.
“Thus the focus of a pilgrimage is the interior growth resulting from an exterior journey.” pg 9 Soulfaring.
“So it is a search for self and a search for God or the divine. A generous time needs to be allowed at each holy place, this may mean that the pilgrimage visits fewer holy sites, it also means pilgrims will be able to savor the particular spiritual qualities or numen of each place. Such use of time will greatly enhance the overall pilgrimage.” Pg 6 Soulfaring Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now, by Cintra Pemberton, O.S.H.
A suggestion was given off a Taxi service, this may be a cheaper option for our transportation needs when we are visiting.
Take the train to Waverly Station, bus, or taxi from the airport.
The city center of Edinburgh, Scotland is a bustling place, bursting with energy and activity. It is good to be able to join in, but the walk set out in this App offers an opportunity to explore the heart of Scotland’s capital in a more contemplative manner. It gives you the chance to reflect on the people and places which have helped shape the life of this great city.
The walk contains 15 points of interest and the App offers thoughtful reflections at each stage along with a progress indicator.
The Tour is available in English and Scottish Gaelic.
29th June 2019 Go to Scott’s View and Wallace Statue and have lunch at Milestone near St. Boswells. My parents meet us there for lunch, with Susan and the boys or join us as we see those sites mentioned.
If you want to achieve something that is on many people’s bucket list, and follow in the footsteps of people who have taken this route for centuries, you will not be disappointed. A couple of key points though…follow the route marked by poles from the first lay bye on the causeway from the mainland side. Allow at least 70 to 90 mins unless you are an experienced walker. Also best to walk in bare feet across the sands. It can be slippy in places so walking sticks would help (but we managed without, although only just avoiding a couple of falls!). Always be aware of the safe tide crossing (the tidal times can vary, and refer to the causeway, not the pilgrims way, which can be 45 mins less than the causeway times). However, using common sense you can cross safely and enjoy the experience. We walked back on the road to make it a little easier and quicker, and allowing for more time using the causeway. Enjoy!
At beginning walk and before departing to return to the US, we walk the Labyrinth, this would bookend the journey with the conclusion of walking the Labyrinth. To compare our heart after the experience of the Pilgrimage.
The first morning for our spiritual activity will be to go walk a Labyrinth. Each other morning session will be a reflective exercise or artistic activity. Each person on the group is asked to participate by contributing by leading a session for the group. They may abstain from doing so, it is a challenge by choice. The participation would, however, give to the whole from the varying backgrounds and perspective of the group. We would bookend the Pilgrimage, and conclude our time together with a Labyrinth if time permits, and if I can locate a different location Labyrinth. Labyrinth Meditation
I’m in a Celtic Christian Facebook community, a person in the group asked about the Celtic Cross. How did the Celtic Cross come to be?
Looking at a couple of books I had and some web searching. It has been very interesting to discover the different thoughts with regard to how the Celtic cross came into existence.
One book talked about the Druids having a standing pillars with a circle at the top, symbolic for the sun, which was a major divinity for them. “The message of the Celtic missionaries was simple: We have not come to deny the importance of the sun. Indeed, without it we would have no heat, no light, no life. Rather we have come to introduce you to the one who who is behind even the sun, moreover has revealed himself in the person of Jesus. Hence the pillar with the circle at its head simply developed into the Celtic cross with the arms of the cross superimposed or extended from the central orb.” pg 112 The Celtic Resource Book Matin Wallace.
The Celtic cross is also called the Wheel Cross. “The Celtic cross combined the ancient pre-christian symbolism of the sun wheel, the sacred circle quartered by the four directions, with another layer of meaning: the cross on which Christ died, creating the intersection between Heaven and earth, God and humans.” pg 82 Water from an ancient well, Kenneth McIntosh.
After reading these books and article, I have come to the understanding that I have had a simplistic understanding of the Celtic Cross. However, I love the craft in the following video. That has become a meditative practice for me personally and my first contact with the Celtic Cross. This has allowed me to enjoy designing in the paper cross and giving me a lot of pleasure over the years.
Unity, love, yielded surrendered people like Jesus who said, I’m about my Fathers work. He only did what his father told him to do. The church of God’s dream needs to have no oppression or exploitation, but having compassion, care, and a love for one another, a new LAW of Love, Acceptance, Welcome.
What would it be like to be in the sandals of the Celtic Monks? Would they even have a dream of the church of God’s desire? Yes, the book of Acts.
They established a church not as we know it, and what the Celtic Monks know as the church; it would be so different than our current day church. I’m finding it hard to visualize what it would have been like to be n their time in history. It is a gradual unfolding as the Holy Spirit lead, and these men and women yielded to hid guidance.
What can we learn by walking in their sandals, what would it be like?
It is hard for us to imagine all the hardship the Celtic saints had to go through to get to the desolate barren locations and then establish a community. We have the convenience of cars and public transport, food in stores we can purchase with ease. These men and women of God press on forward demonstrating the love they had for the poor, as they where one poor sinners, now rich in love, because of a God of love, who is love. This God loves them and desires that they enter a relationship and is as close as the very air they breathe, and is not a god that has to be appeased with offerings, and if this is not fulfilled stirs up wrath and misfortune into their lives.
We tend to do things that are right in our own eyes, do the things we want to do, but when it comes to walking the ways of the Lord, we tend to drag our feet. We forget that the Lords ways are higher than our own. Do we deny ourself or make a personal sacrifice? To begin leave behind the familiar and comfortable for the greater cause of the Lord’s enter into the Lords plan. We can get so easily caught up in the cares of the world, the everyday stuff, distracted, even led astray, when we don’t have the Lord in every aspect of our lives. The acts of our everyday actions becoming a prayer, a symbolic action such as dressing, visualizing that you are clothing yourself with Christ, or being covered by the shadow of the lords wing of protection. In the act of having a shower in the morning, make it a prayer to be clean, symbolically wash away the sin, and allow the Holy Spirit to wash over you and empower you for the day. To be aware of each act of your life can become a way of having the Lord present in every moment of your life.
Do we have tears of compassion and tears of remorse for the things we should be doing, for the things we have left undone?
Do we trust, and entrust ourselves into the hands of the Lord?
Thinking of the Celtic Monks, could we live with no wealth, give to the poor anything that is gifted to us. Hand over ownership of monetary gifts, as it is the Lords and not our own to do with as we please, but to do with as the Lord wills.
Being content with the simple daily provision, grateful with what they had as a community, and not asking for extra, for there was at times, not more to have.
To be faithful with what we have been given and do the things that the Lord has told us to do. Life can be a test of endurance. However, do we even enter into the extreme conditions the Celtic Monks went through, what they put themselves through as an act of devotion and service. Do we even have self-discipline, mastery over our bodies, minds, thoughts, deny ourselves anything, do we take up the cross of suffering? Do we feed soul and not just bell? Do we go to bed early, early to bed early to rise, so as to have quality time with the Lord? Are desirous of getting a word from the Lord? As a person cannot live by bread alone, but by every world that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
We are family, and to be in a community of faith, for in this community we are tested, and shaped, and this is the plumb-line we use to test our faith. In the way we handle with care, in the way we treat its weakest members, we will be asked one day how we have treated them. Jesus said, the poor you will always have with you.
The Beatitude, “Blessed are those who recognize their spiritual need. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” (Manga MessiahBible). We can be poor, if we don’t recognize our spiritual need, not just poor materially.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for all that is right. For they will be filled.” (Manga MessiahBible).
Is it possible to live such a life? With the temptations and the voices of the world, pressing to get our attention. How is this accomplished? Holy Spirit we need your help!
These thought are a work in progress for me also, we are all growing into our faith. May we not be fooled by being full of information, as we need to see the transformational work in people lives, and in our own lives.
Here are some of my beginning research, that is a work in process with regard to the changing face of the church. What is our place in it? Those who profess to be Celtic Christians. I don’t admit to being an expert if there are articles, books recommendations, please suggest and I will add to this work in progress.
Websites that looked interesting to me on this subject of Church, and following this Celtic influence and those who are the visionaries so far. I have not read them all, so not able to endorse them as everything I believe, however look like they would be informative.
“Get a dream from God that is so big that only God can take you there. Then ask the Lord to show you how to get there.”
Adrift for God or drifting away from God. Drifting toward love or away from love. It is like in a coracle at the mercy of the water, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
But it is the heart condition that leads our choices also. The cry of the heart, crying out here I am, send me, or a heart that is willing, open to having a desire to listen as we are quiet, making ourselves ready for obedience, like the boy Samuel after being still waiting with instruction to say. Speak Lord for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10.
The instruction for the open-heart condition, heart motivation, the heart is a symbol of love, the condition of the heart either result in a drifting toward or a drifting away from the Lord.
Are we trying to model our lives on the treasured instructions of Jesus, and the Saints of old, like St Brendan, and his companions who went on an adventure, not knowing where they were going, set out to sea, having no location in mind, many a time no land seen to give them hope of nearing a destination, they had to trust the Lord in their journey? The feast day to remember Brendan is May 16,
Jesus, what did the Celts think of Jesus? Jesus’ heart instruction was “if you love me, keep my commandments” A new commandment I give, is that you love one another as I have loved you. The root is love, out of love the obedience flows, no love, the heart drifts away from God who is love, and is Love, as God is Love.
Do we have difficulty obeying, drifting away, is it because our heart actions don’t stem from the motive of being done out of love?
Why did the Celtic Saints go? Sent by their bishop to evangelize, or share the message of the one who they love?
“Do you love one another as Christ loved you?
Do you forgive others so that you may be forgiven?
Do you tithe [give] and practice justice, mercy, and faith?
Are you known as a person of prayer?
Are you witnessing about Christ to the world in the power of His Spirit?
Are you displaying unity with other believers in your church, with other churches, and with Christians in other denominations?” pg 78 – 79. Fresh Encounters by Henry T. Blackaby.
These are questions we drift into or away from in our daily lives. It is a choice to listen and be willing to be available, to act or be passive. We can be inactive and go along with the crowd, or inactive, but in the flow of God’s love, trusting that God knows the way for us, and that is enough.
Are we adrift for God?
It is listening to and being aware of the movement of God, and also being aware that the pilgrimage is to Jesus, and is for Jesus.
The nudge or the stirring of the heart by the Holy Spirit is to evaluate if we are heading in the right direction, a constant realigning, with a yielding to God again, and again, seeking the next step to take on this journey called life.
Holy Spirit guide me back to an intimacy and excitement about the journey, the pilgrimage is toward Jesus and the heart of the Father.
Help me not go astray and be left to my own devices, as I will become miserable because of wrong choices, and begin to drift away rather than toward you.
This is a daily choice of connection and relationship, not legalism but love, as rules without relationship leads to rebellion.
Hear my prayer, let it be.
Here is St. Brendan’s Prayer; he ascends the mountain and discerns in his heart before the Lord, the choice he is deciding to take, to leave behind the familiar. Testing what he is feeling, is this the leading of the Lord. He is questioning, pondering, testing, is what he is thinking, and what he feels, is it the leading and stirrings of the Holy Spirit.
Keith Duke has developed a musical language that has its roots in Celtic music and the ancient chants, yet speaks too in the voice of the twenty-first century. He has worked for many years with the priest-poet of Lindisfarne,
I stumbled across the Caim prayer a few weeks ago and had not heard about this protective prayer and practice. I loved the thought of evoking the blessing of the Trinity over my circle of friends and family, and have started praying protection around my family and friends. The following devotion by Ray Simpson talked about circling and loved it and this is what he had to say.
God divided light from darkness by a circle.
Job 25: 10
Flocks with shepherds huts burgeoned around Ninian’s community at Whithorn, for the brothers, pilgrims and poor people all needed to be fed. Ninian wanted to bless these as well as the monastery, so when the flocks were gathered in at night he would walk right round them, marking a circle on the earth with his staff. Then he would raise his hand and ask God’s protection on everything within the circle.
On Michaelmas Day at Iona all the humans and even the animals walked sunwise around the Angels Hill to seek God’s blessing on the island for the coming year. We know that abbots of Iona such as Columba and Adamnan practised the circling prayer. Adamnan tells us that when Columba sailed from Loch Foyle he blessed a stone by the water’s edge and made a circuit round it sunwise. It was from that stone that he went into the boat. Columba taught that anybody going on a journey who did the circling prayer round the stone would most likely arrive in safety.
In Wales you can still see traces of the circles of stones that surrounded monasteries and other holy places. They marked a place dedicated to Christ like human sentries, protecting the inhabitants from evil forces.
What is the significance of the circle for Christians? Celtic Christians carried on the Druids’ understanding that the Devil was frustrated by anything that had no end, no break, no entrance, because they knew that God is never ending both in time and in love, and the Three Selves within God form an ever encircling Presence. One of the chief rites of the sun-worship of pagan Celts was to turn sunwise in order to entice the sun to bless their crops. The Christians said to them, in effect: ‘The Creator of the sun is now amongst us, we will continue to circle our crops, but now we do it in the name of the Sun of Suns. The Creator had built the circling of the sun into creation, which reflects something of its Creator, so it is good for us’. This is not magic, it is an expression of the reality of the encircling Presence of God. To say the Caim or Circling prayer, stretch out your arm and index finger and turn around sunwise calling for the Presence to encircle the person or thing you pray for.
Circle me, Lord
Keep love within, keep strife without
Keep hope within, keep despair without
Keep peace within, keep harm without.
From Daily Light which is a wonderful devotional by Ray Simpson
Are we even known as the people of the way any longer?
What is the way? To Be Like Christ! One Who Is Like Christ?????
Discerning! seeing if there is any wicked way in us, the need to be clean, to cleans our way if there is unrighteousness in our soul. But this is ultimately a work of the Holy Spirit, but we have to co-operate, being willing to allow the fruit of the Spirit to grow.
Listening to the voice, the guide, saying this is the way walk in it. Do we have that faith to believe our ears, have the ability to discern if that voice what we hear and listen too is the Holy Guide?
It’s about knowing the way and choosing the right path, having confidence this is a good step to take for your life. The right course of action as we journey. The steps needing to be trodden, with each step, discerning our heart motive, and this has to be a daily on going process . As we can so easily get lost and have to find our way again. But it is important to choose a life direction, if we don’t choose our life trajectory who will? We then will get blown along by circumstances or blown along by the Holy Spirit, which would we prefer?
So are we people of the Way or People of the world. This is tricky at times to assess, do we look like people that follow Jesus, or has societies influence infiltrated our lives, and effected our faith?
It is not the words spoken, but the actions of our way of life, that makes more difference than we realize, demonstrating our way we life. Allowing all to see a lifestyle that identifies us as people that live like our role model JESUS. To be once more people of the Way!
The title of a book that was given to me by a friend recently addresses this very subject. I began reading and have found very interesting.
My morning reading caught my attention recently. A blind man wanted to get the attention of Jesus, hearing that Jesus was passing by. The blind man called out to Jesus ‘have mercy on me!’ Jesus beckoned him to come forward and Instantly the man could see, and followed Jesus down the road or on the way. (Mark 10: 52)
We are all blind at times and need the mercy of God, when we do see, do we immediately wanted to follow Jesus, going his way for our lives?
The blind man enters a new way of life, he does not give it a few days to ponders. But takes immediate action, does not hesitate. We get caught at a crossroads of choices and decisions. Wanting to know the way, wanting to know where we are going. This is one of the reasons for this article, because most of the time I don’t know the way.
The Message Bible states it like this: Go stand at the crossroads and look around ask direction to the old road. Then take it. Jeremiah 6:16.
Who are we asking direction from? Also, you may say what are we wanting to look at old roads or old ways for, we are in the modern age? The new advancements, for a better world. These time tested ways may be the way forward, more than we want to admit, “the challenge of the future will require, we realize, rediscover and adapt, re-use resources from the ancient past.” pg 6 Finding Our Way Again, Brian McLaren.
Jesus said Go thy way, your faith has made you well. Your faith in Me, Jesus. I am the way, the truth, the life, a travel companion on the road to a destination we at times don’t even know. We have to think, feel, decide to walk in a new way, and go the distance, we are travelers, sojourners, like Abraham, being led to a distant land that is not known. Just told to go, and would be told when he got there!
It is a faith journey, and this is why we need a (soul friend) an Anam Cara to journey with us, to aid with the discernment process, to test, and to help us with our choices.
It’s a Way of life, that is truth that brings about righteousness, and it is life giving, a new restored life. There is a need to rediscover our faith as a way of life, not a system of rule and regulations. A rhythm to live by, the season to follow, journeying with like minded people, in community and experiencing hospitality, just in awe with life, creation, pleased to be alive.
I’m pondering joining the Community of Aidan and Hilda, a community that has a focus on Christ and the Celtic figures that spread the love message of God to the peoples. Way of Life this is the guideline the US Community gave to help draft a Way of life. This is the info-way-of-life the UK community give as a guide. I hope you will view and ponder, and go and implement some little change in your life, it only take a step to start a journey.