“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Weeping,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.”
In July of 2019, my family and I unexpectedly moved back to the States after living overseas together for 5 years. For a season, we were literal foreigners and aliens on a pilgrimage of learning what it is to be more fully human and helping others to do the same. Now, we’re back in our passport country, but our pilgrim journey is not over. We’re no longer sojourning in a foreign land, but the sojourn through different seasons and spaces of spiritual, mental and emotional terrain lasts a lifetime. Life’s circumstances are ever changing, and we often change along with them, but thankfully we have a loving God who gently attends to us whether we make our home on the far side of the ocean or near, whether we wake up on the wrong side of the bed or right, and whether we are in a place of Weeping or of Springs — He is our friend on this journey and He prepares special strength for each of us along the way.
Care to sojourn together?