When I look through the files on my computer and see the photos I have taken in the last five months, I’m reminded of how fast life goes by and just how much I have experienced. Our grandson visited for several days, ending with a trip to the St. Louis Zoo. My garden yielded the most beautiful sunflowers and zinnias I have ever seen. I participated in two retreats, one in June and one in July, each of them filled with so much good fellowship and rich, soulful time. We went to see family and family came to us. I explored old cemeteries with dear friends. We helped a group of friends say goodbye to their place of worship.
My husband and I stood in our yard on August 21st and through the rain clouds overhead we could see the shadow of the moon as it blocked the light of the sun, and then moved on along it’s path. To be in that darkness and then welcome the light as it returned was profound, even with the clouds over us. There is a sense of hope I hold inside, knowing that the light is always there.
So many places and people and experiences over these last several weeks. Life has been full, in a good way.
This image of my friend, a fellow Souljourner, seems to sum up the last few months for me.
Sometimes the path we are on seems clear as we look ahead, as we think of our plans for the coming days, months, years. And then there may be surprises just over the hill, just over there where you can’t be sure of what lies ahead. You just never know.
It is a walk of faith. One foot in front of the other. Trusting in this mystery we call God to guide us along the path. How can we know if we are in the right place? How can we know if our choice was the right one? Should we just turn around and go back or go for it, forge ahead?
I don’t have the answers. But I can tell you that the journey along this path is so much better when you share it with friends. Just like three of us did on a warm summer day at a retreat…when we were supposed to be silent…and mostly we were. Mostly.
This part of the journey for me includes being a spiritual companion, or spiritual director, soul friend…there are many names for this. To explain it a bit more I have created a page here.
Where am I along this path? Still putting one foot in front of the other. Still wondering what lies ahead. Still working on that Trust thing, but with each step becoming more convinced that the light is always there.