In the summer of 2014, I made my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land, along with clergy from Great Britain and my own Diocese of Olympia. To walk in the places Jesus may have walked, to explore the sites that pilgrims have revered as holy for centuries, and to meet the people who live there today was a life-changing experience. The photo is taken of the Sea of Galilee.
Now, on February 22, a group of fellow pilgrims from St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Bellevue, WA, (where I serve as Rector), from St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church in Edmonds, WA (where my colleague the Rev. Cynthia Espeseth serves as Vicar), and from Grace Episcopal on Bainbridge Island will leave for a Holy Land pilgrimage. I hope to share some of our experiences in this blog for friends back home. This year, some of our Lenten practice will be not only to read the scriptures but to walk some of the Way that Jesus walked. I imagine that my fellow travelers are doing what I am doing … beginning to pack for the journey, reading and thinking about what is to come, and getting eager for Monday to arrive.