I thought I was going to see what Israel and Jordan could teach me. I thought I was there to soak in the sights and absorb all the information. I thought I was seeking my past, my original home, my roots.
Instead I found friends. I found good people; they thought well of me. I discovered they had stories, back histories, baggage they didn’t carry in a suitcase. In the fourteen days we spent together learning, laughing, loving, we found ourselves … new and improved.
I dared, we all dared, to share who we were, the good, the bad, the ugly. What we found in each other was beautiful. Brilliant light exposed the truth of who we really are … precious children of God.
Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, You know my heart was heavy, my emotions spent, and my hope almost gone, as I began this trip. I heard your still small voice plant the seed of an idea that could only have come from You, Lord. I watched as door after door opened. I walked through those doors, taking note of the welcome mats laying there, encouraging me to wipe away anything that was holding me back.
Not only the trip, but more importantly, the people in the group, all of them, seemed to have been selected just for me. Oddly enough, others had similar feelings, that our fellow travelers had been hand-picked; each lovely soul there for someone to share, listen, or befriend.
We grew close, we grew more aware of each other, we grew in appreciation of our own abilities, strengths, and self-worth. Holy Father, Papa, Daddy, thank you for introducing these thirty-two beautiful souls to each other. Thank You for putting me in a place spiritually, that I had few options, but to listen and follow Your lead. Thank You. You are all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful. All Glory, Honor, and Praise, I give to You. You took me, a soul in trouble, and healed me in the best possible way. I love You. I long to continue to follow You. My hand is reaching out; I know Yours is always there; let’s continue this journey together … forever. Amen
What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
Try the great open road — you may meet God. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me. ~Author Unknown
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