Welcome to the Pilgrimage of Prayer ~
Day 35 of a 40-day journey of prayer leading us to General Council 42.
As the commissioners to GC42 prepare to make a physical pilgrimage to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, we invite the entire United Church of Canada into a prayer pilgrimage.
This is the thirty-fifth day of 40 days we will pray together. The following prayers have been prayed, written, and shared with us as a daily prayer practice.As you pray each day, please hold in your heart our whole United Church.Think of the power of all of us praying together. So “May it be so.” Amen.
You are invited to say the following prayer out loud each day in the 40 days of the Prayer Pilgrimage leading up to General Council 42, along with the specific prayer for the day. We also invite you to pray this prayer during each day of General Council.
May I love this day and all that it brings
The dust, stones or mud beneath my feet
The air I breathe, food I eat, water I drink
May I open my heart to mysteries along the way
Greet fellow pilgrims with welcome and grace
Move lightly and simply through the day
May I give thanks for the Earth, our fragile home
For all my relations who have gone before me
And for all who will follow… I am not alone
May the spirit and blessing of the One who is love
– Holy One among us, all around us, and within us –
Be with me today, and surround me with love
Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom, Naramata, B.C. Created in 2010 by Allison Rennie and Diane Ransom and said aloud each day while walking the Camino de Santiago.
Prayer for Day 35 – Sunday, August 2
Help me hold the experiences of the journeys I have taken before in my life with gratitude. Let my awareness grow of how all of these past journeys, filled with both challenges and joys, have brought me to this moment. A different moment, a different journey, an invitation to pilgrimage with others.
As I take steps in this pilgrimage, help me be aware of any preplanned destinations I have created and help me notice the choices I make based on getting to these destinations. When obstacles come into my path, remind me that you are with me. Help me to see the choices I have – to either work through the obstacles before me or be open to a new path.
Let the fear of where my step will fall be held in suspension until the step is real. Be with me in my reflection on the steps I have taken. Help me examine my fear to see if it was real. If my fear was real, help me take a step in another direction. If my fear was false, help me let it go so that it is not part of the next step I take. Let me have compassion for fellow travelers who are busy choosing the direction of their steps.
Let every feeling of each moment, every sight, sound, taste and smell become part of this pilgrimage. As I step into each moment, I am thankful you are with me. Amen.
Brian Mitchell-Walker, Regina, Sask. Greenbelt Pilgrimage participant, EDGE Coach and Consultant
Photo: Alice Popkorn, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)