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I wonder what you think about when you hear the word “pilgrimage?” perhaps it is of one of the famous pilgrim routes like the Camino in Spain or one of the many pilgrim routes in this country to sites such as Canterbury or Lindisfarne. But a pilgrimage does not have to eb a long walk to a famous holy site.
In reality it is simply making a journey and intentionally seeking to slow down and be with God for all or part of that journey. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your armchair, although physically getting out and walking even if it is only around the garden helps the body as well as the mind and spirit engage in the process.
As you read this the Fellside Pilgrimage to mark 20 years of being a team will be almost upon us or may even have been and gone.
The hope and prayer are that in intentionally walking around our beautiful churches, we will reconnect with the deep wells of faith that have inspired people down the ages and be inspired by the ancient wisdom of our countryside and the men and women who have inhabited and moulded it for centuries.
Whether you are able or (were able) to join one of the walks, one of the daily services or an afternoon tea the metaphor of a journey is relevant to us all, especially as we continue to endure the challenges of living with COVID-19. As we navigate the ever-changing landscape imposed on us by COVID, we are all pilgrims.
Like many pilgrims before us it is right, we lament what we have lost, whilst also giving thanks for all that has blessed us and kept us safe. By pulling on our metaphorical boots and walking slowly and deliberately, whether physically or in our spirits, let the process refresh our weary bones, open us up to new ways to pray and think about scripture. We also learn new ways to be with each other and ways to tread lightly on this beautiful place in which we live.