A fellow Peregrina (she and I met through a blog we both follow) posted this beautiful prayer today in response to a blog posted by Bill Bennett. I will be joining Bill and several others to walk the Camino Portugués next week.
The prayer is so beautiful and meaningful, I thought I would share it with my followers.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FAR TO TRAVEL
From the Painted Prayerbook
by Jan. L. Richardson
If you could see the journey whole
You might never undertake it;
Might never dare the first step
That propels you from the place you have known
Toward the place you know not.
Call it one of the mercies of the road
That we see it only by stages as it opens before us,
As it comes into keeping step by single step.
There is nothing for it but to go
And by our going take the vows the pilgrim takes:
-to be faithful to the next step;
-to rely on more than the map;
-to heed the signposts of intuition and dream;
-to follow the star that only you will recognize;
-to keep an open eye for the wonders that attend the path;
-to press on beyond distractions, beyond fatigue, beyond what would tempt you from the way.
There are vows that only you will know;
The secret promises for your particular path
And the new ones you will need to make
When the road is revealed by turns you could not have foreseen.
Keep them, break them, make them again:
Each promise becomes part of the path;
Each choice creates the road that will take you to the place where at last you will kneel
To offer the gift most needed
The gift that only you can give
Before turning to go home by another way.