Who is your neighbor?
Belorado - Ages 27.4km
Only 512km left to go till Santiago de Compostelo...
Today was a great day.
First of all, a friend offered to help Laurie and Sarah meet me in Burgos for a couple of days. They will come up on the train tomorrow and meet me when I get off the trail, then we will spend a good day of rest together on Sunday before I hit it again Monday morning. Looking forward to seeing them and being together for a little bit.
Secondly, we arrived in the town of Ages where we were able to eat a real home cooked meal in a 400 year old house! We had a great time of fellowship.
Tonight we spent some time as a group praying for Chris. She is sick and went ahead by bus - she is resting and awaiting our arrival in Burgos. We expect her to be ready to go in a few days to join us in the journey.
I was reflecting on the journey so far. When asked about who is your neighbor, Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan. The Samaritan helped a man that he did not know. I have been impressed with the openness of pilgrims to help each other. They help people that they don't even know, or have known only for a few hours. I have seen people push Edie in his wheelchair. I have seen others offer water, food and other necessities to fellow pilgrims. I personally have had other pilgrims doctor and wrap my feet.
The thing that I focused on this morning was what the Samaritan did after he left the guy with the innkeeper. He said that any debt that was owed for the care of the man he would come back and take care of. I was wondering and questioning myself - how far I would go to help someone else? Would I walk back to get someone's backpack if they left it? (Would I walk back if I left my own backpack? I'm pretty wiped out right now, so I don't know.) What if someone was hurt? What would I do? How far would you go? Do you go the extra mile for those you know? What about for those you don't know?
5/30/2014 10:42:25 am
Great questions. I bet when you finish you will be a lot more like the Samaritan than you would ever imagine.
PATRICIA A GOINS
5/30/2014 12:04:27 pm
I agree with Kristin. You'll know so much about yourself at the end and that is a wonderful thing. We should all have this opportunity or seek it out in another way.
5/30/2014 11:54:51 pm
Yes, to know ourselves as God knows us! Would we love and forgive ourselves as he does? My prayers for you and your girls. Thanks so much for sharing!
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