Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Traveling Mercies: Tuesday's Reflection

Together Last Summer
Today our son and daughter-in-love arrive from Cleveland to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with us. Their flight is due early afternoon, and I am eagerly awaiting the call that they have landed safely, and we can pick them up. I will do the happy dance when we are together again.

All morning I will whisper "traveling mercies" under my breath, hoping all will be well as our loved ones head toward us. 

I pray "traveling mercies" for all who are on the road or in the air this week. Or crossing borders of any kind. 

The writer Anne Lamott titled one of her books Traveling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith, saying when someone in her church goes away for awhile, they are offered this blessing. "Traveling mercies: love the journey, God is with you, come home safe and sound."  

How simple and clear this is. And perhaps it is all we ever really need. 
            To love the journey -- yes, a specific trip, but our 
            whole life. The journey that is our life. 

            To know God is with us. No matter where. No matter 
            when. No matter what.

            To come home safe and sound. To come home to
            ourselves, the essence of who we were created to be. 

We are all travelers and all travel is sacred. We all need traveling mercies wherever we are on the journey. May all be well. 

                   May you travel in an awakened way,
                   Gathered wisely into your inner group;
                   That you may not waste the invitations
                   Which wait along the way to transform you.

                    May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
                    And live your time away to its fullest;
                    Return home more enriched, and free
                    To balance the gift of days which call you. 
                                               John O'Donohue
                                               To Bless the Space Between Us
                                               A Book of Blessings

An Invitation
If you are traveling or if others are traveling to you this week, what do you need for this time to be holy time, sacred time? 

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