The Celtic Pilgrimage June/July, 2019.

Evan McElfresh one of the group, produced this wonderful digital presentation of the Pilgrimage highlights.

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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

Melrose Abbey

Photo By: Kirsta McElfresh

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.

Media Memories

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.

If you are interested contact me at mcondy@united.edu

An Epic Experience That Must be Seen!

Celtic Pilgrimage Unlock an Ancient Spiritual Awakening

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

Celtic Pilgrimage man walking

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

 

A Celtic Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and beyond.

 

God's Path

Steppingstones on the Celtic Way Mark Condy’s Thoughts for further insight for those who are interested.

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https://markscelticchristianspirituality.com/retreat-signature-focus/

Begin a jornal

Possibly use my book as a spiritual reflection tool

Journey of coloring

http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-condy/a-journey-with-the-celtic-cross/paperback/product-22947957.html

or the booklet/workbook I’m presently writing.Front Cover

For some reading options here is a link of suggestions: PDF: Book Recommendation

Pilgrimage Calander Final

*The Condy Family stay to visit family and go to Portugal to visit Lucia, Grace, and Darren his brother who has moved there.

https://www.booking.com


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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.

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Arive in Edinburgh

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Scotland MapQuest

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.

Train

https://www.edinburghairport.com/transport-links/travel-into-edinburgh

https://www.lothianbuses.com/our-services/airport-buses/


Following is the itinerary is firmed up to include:

Royal Mile

Edinburgh Accommodation

Royal Mile Accomadation

  • 3 nights in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile to experience its surrounds and be immersed in the culture and get over jet lag

The accommodation has been booked at Edinburgh Castle Hideaway, Lawnmarket, Air BnB on Royal Mile for the nights of June 26, 27, and 28, 2019. It is wonderfully located has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.

 

The following are some of the possibilities for the group to decide upon seeing when we are in Edinburgh

The first section was compiled by Mary Ann Crist

SCOTLAND June 25 – July 5

  • Fly to Edinburgh  arrive 26th Edinburgh
  • 27 Edinburgh
  • 28 Edinburgh
  • 29 Jedburgh
  • 30 Jedburgh
  • Holy Island
  • Holy Island
  • St. Andrews
  • Edinburgh
  • Airport Fly to Dayton

The Pilgrimage Group some have different flying arrangements

  • Tuesday, June 25, Flight: Air Canada 1904, Toronto =>Edinburgh 6:55pm – Edinburgh 6:35am
  • Wednesday, June 26 (Edinburgh) @

Edinburgh Castle Hideaway (Check-in 4pm. Msg host for early check-in)

Lawnmarket, Royal Mile

505 Lawnmarket EH1 2PE

44 7989 406455 (Host: Kelly)

Thursday, June 27 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway

Friday, June 28 (Edinburgh) Edinburgh Castle Hideaway


Saturday, June 29 (Jedburgh)

Pick up the rental car by 10am (Hertz – 10 Picardy Place 44 0843 309 3026)

  • Drive to Jedburgh

Allerton House (Check in at 4pm)

Oxnam Road TD8 6QQ

44 1835 869633

Sunday, June 30 (Jedburgh) Allerton House


  • Monday, July 1 (Holy Island) Drive to Holy Island (Can only cross at low tide—Check tide chart)

The Open Gate (Notify them of arrival time)

Holy Island

Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15

01289 389222

Tuesday, July 2 (Holy Island) The Open Gate


Wednesday, July 3 (St. Andrews)

Drive to St. Andrews

The Albany St Andrews (Check in at 2pm)

56 North Street KY16 9AH

44 1334 477737


Drive to Edinburgh

Thursday, July 4 (Edinburgh Airport)

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh Airport (Check in 3pm)

Almond Avenue, Ingleston, Newbridge EH12 9DN

Friday, July 5  (Fly)

Drop off the rental car by Friday at 9am


Recommended sights in Edinburgh

  • Royal Mile: Historic city road lined with museums, pubs, and shops.
  • Edinburgh Castle: Hilltop fort and royal residence complete with crown jewels and history. $23
  • National Museum of Scotland: Artifacts from prehistoric times to 20th century.
  • Gladstones Land: Seventeenth-century merchant’s residence. $10
  • St. Giles Cathedral: Preaching home of John Knox with Neo-Gothic chapel/spectacular organ.
  • Scottish Parliament Building: Striking headquarters for parliament since 1999.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: Queen’s splendid home with lavish rooms, 12th-century abbey. $15
  • Scottish National Gallery: European Masters and Scotland’s finest artists.
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Beautifully displayed Who’s Who of Scottish history.
  • Georgian House: Intimate peek at upper-crust life in the late 1700’s. $10
  • Royal Yacht Britannia: Ship for the Royal family with a history of famous passengers. $20
  • Scotch whiskey Experience: Gimmicky but fun and educational. $18-$32
  • The Real Mary King’s Close: Underground street and houses last occupied in 1600’s. $20
  • Museum of Childhood: Five stories of historic fun.
  • People’s Story Museum: Everyday life from the 18th to 20th century.
  • Museum of Scotland: Historic mementos.
  • Rosslyn Chapel: Small 15th century church full of carvings. $12

Transportation and tour options

  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tours of City: $18-$28
  • Royal Edinburgh Ticket: 2 days of unlimited bus travel, admission to Castle, Britannia and Holyroodhouse $65  (www.royaledinburghticket.co.uk)
  • Day Trips from Edinburgh: Highlands Tours: 8am – 8:30pm: $65
  • Stirling: One-hour train trip from Edinburgh. Castle $20. Stirling Bagpipes: Shop that makes and refurbishes bagpipes.

Things to do in Edinburgh continuation by Mark

Free to explore as the individual or as the group feels led and desire?

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http://www.st-cuthberts.net/celhist.php

http://www.st-cuthberts.net/celhist.phphttps://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/st-cuthberts-church-p245131


An App that looks interesting to possibly use

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Description of App

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.


St Giles

Scottish cathedralshttp://www.stgilescathedral.org.uk/visit/learn-gaelic/

http://www.cathedral.net/about/a-tour-of-the-cathedral/inside-the-cathedral/

St Marys Cath the presence

St Mary Cath the presence explenation

Edinburgh castlehttps://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/visit

St Margarets Chapel

 

Rosslyn Chapel

scotland alba

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/rosslyn-chapel-p564661


Leaving the Edinburgh area and entering into the Borders.

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St Cuthberts church

http://www.stcuthbertsonline.com/history.htm

This reminds me of my first church in my home town in Hawick. This began the fascination with St Cuthbert. It look to have the same blueprint as the church I attended.

Following is the church I attended: St Cuthbert Hawick

Hawick Church

https://stcuthbertshawick.co.uk/


Conversant traveler

https://www.conversanttraveller.com/things-to-do-in-the-scottish-borders/

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Map Edi to Jed

  • 2 days in the Borders area in southeast Scotland which includes several interesting sites in preparation for the retreat on Holy Island

Jedburgh accommodation

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Allerton House in Jedburgh for the nights of June 29 and June 30 2019. It was through booking.com

You can view it at this link:

Here is their website: https://allertonhouse.co.uk/

Jedburgh

Jedburgh

Things to do in Jedburgh and beyond:

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.

Milestone

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/milestone-garden-leisure-p714361

30th Junes 2019. Choose out of the following options:

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Visit Scott’s View and William Wallace Statue, Bemersyde.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/scotland/melrose-abbey

Scott’s View

map scotts view

Google maps


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Old Melrose

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Old Melrose St. Cuthbert Chapel “The place where St Cuthbert started as a monk around 630AD.”

http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-oldmelrose-journey.htm

http://melrose.bordernet.co.uk/mha/5/mailros.html

Old Melrose Interpretation Center: http://www.saintsandstones.net/saints-oldmelrose-2013b.htm

History of the site of old melrose

Old Melrose Interpretation Centre

Tea Room 

Ravenswood Estate, Old Melrose Off the A68 just south of the A6091 Ravenswood Roundabout, Melrose TD6 9DF Scotland

Saintly venue brings history alive at Old Melrose

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http://bikelove-scotland.blogspot.com/2012/07/dryburgh-abbey.html

Holy Island the wals

https://www.holyislandhikes.co.uk/the-walks


Trip Advisory

Pilgrims Way

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!


St Cuthberts way banner

http://www.stcuthbertsway.info/

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The thought presently is to walk a small section of the St. Cuthbert Way to allow us to have experienced the route Cuthbert could have possibly taken.   http://www.stcuthbertsway.info/?product=scw-short-walks

Holy Island tide table

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Highways/Public-transport/Crossing.aspx

 

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http://www.northerncross.co.uk/nx-faqs08.htm

http://www.stcuthbertsway.info/#77-slide-5

St Cuthbert way short walks

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map.St.Cuthberts way

Macs adventures

Macs adventures

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http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/itineraries/st-cuthbert-s-cave


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http://icons.mullmonastery.com/st-cuthbert-full-size

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http://www.stpaulschurchjarrow.com/norman-tower/northern-saints/


Jedburgh to Holy Island

Map Jd to Holy Island

Lindisfarne Pic

Northumberland maphttp://www.walking-books.com/Photographer-sGuide-to-Northumberland.html

Things to see and do on Lindisfarne (Holy Island):

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Other Location:

  • Bamburgh up the road from Holy Island
  • Bamburgh Castle

Open Gate on Holy Island for 2 nights, July 1 and 2. This has been booked:

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https://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/open-gate.php

Tjitske Bongers kindly gave me permission to use the above photographs that she took and some PDF’s

Holy Island Map Large

Holy Isalnd Map Information

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http://marygatehouse.org.uk/group-retreats-at-marygate-house.html

http://marygatehouse.org.uk/home.html


Community Aidan and Hilda pichttps://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/retreats-menu.phphttps://www.aidanandhilda.org.uk/open-gate.phphttps://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/

Map Holy Island

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindisfarne

Info on Holy Island i

Info Holt Island ii

Information about Holy Island iiihttp://blog.thewellatwillen.org.uk/2014/04

Map Holy Island to St Andrew's

After our time on Holy Island onto St. Andrew’s

Albany Hotel

Albany Townhouse Hotel https://www.albanyhotelstandrews.co.uk/

https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/st-andrews/

Visit St Andrews Things to do

https://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews/ian-bradley-with-the-fife-pilgrim-way/

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Hotel at the Airport befor departing to return to the United States


Additional Information for future Pilgrimages tools to aid the next step:

  • Passport has it been acquired?
  • Cell Phone, talk to your phone provider what options there are for travel abroad.
  • Money: Pre-paid debit card or order travelers check or currency.
  • VISA/Mastercard AAA has a card with no charges for exchange rate conversion.
  • Medical Insurance. (Contact your present provider and learn foreign coverage)
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Car Rental options.
  • Gas for vehicle: remember this cost.
  • Ground travel: Train, Bus, Taxi (Look at Public transport options).
  • Packing lightly.

Expedia

https://www.expedia.com/


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https://www.flighthub.com/


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https://www.cheapflights.co.uk

Kayak

Kayak 2

https://www.kayak.com/


Tourist Information

http://www.tourist-information-uk.com/



AirBnB

Air BnB

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http://www.diwilliams.com/Resources.html

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.

Morning session Labyrinth

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

vol1-3 Peregrinations a PDF – THE LABYRINTHINE PATH OF PILGRIMAGE

By Tessa Morrison


Car Rental https://www.travelinescotland.com/

Hertz

OR

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OR

Mini coach

If the Pilgrimage was in August the Tattoo could be an option

Royal Military tatoohttps://www.edintattoo.co.uk/ 

Royal millirary tatoo ii

Military tatoo pic

Accommodation options in the Hawick

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Hawick

https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/hawick-p242331


As a Pilgrimage group, we have chosen to stay in Jedburgh and not Hawick.


David Colehttp://www.waymarkministries.com/bookings.html Cost outlined by David Cole

http://encounteringsilence.com/david-cole-celtic-mysticism-and-silence-episode-41/

https://motivationandinspirationweb.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/david-cole/

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Durham map

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Wanderlust

https://www.asacredjourney.net/creative-ways-fund-pilgrimage/#more-10013


 

Adrift for God

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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.

 

St Brendan's Prayer


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http://arkmusic.com/album/prayers-of-st-brendan-the-journey-home

My Celtic Journey

Peace Through Journaling

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The benefit of journaling, time for God, time with self, time with God.

Do you feel that you have too much on your mind? Write it down on paper, there is no wrong way to journal, the only wrong thing is not to start. Begin to journal, pour it all out on paper.

Remember it’s not to be some literary masterpiece, it’s listening to your life, and listening to what God wants to say to you.

In the privacy of a given moment, make some time and take a step toward unraveling the truth of what is going on in your life, write down your feelings, ideas, struggles, fears, hopes, what is holding you back from reaching your full potential?

Enter into a process that id good for you, find the rhythm, every day, every month, just when you need too, journal, unburden yourself, make and take  that quiet moment.

Get a cheap notebook or a fancy journal and a good pen and enjoy the flow of just writing, as the pen meets the paper.

Invite God to speak to you, asking the question. What do you want to say to me today Lord?

You might have a pleasant surprise and God speak with a word so encouraging it blows you away, filling you with thankfulness and joy.

“I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5 NLT