Silence…

For four Sundays I have been sharing out of my experience walking the Camino de Santiago de la Compostela.  That is the journey which birthed this blog. I have already written about the days of that journey here, extensively, both in posting day-by-day reflections on the journey and in the ongoing posts birthed by that…

I sent her to you…

In storytelling, most important is for me to find my own connection to the story. For then, I will convey a different sense of ownership when sharing it. So, I had worked and worked in preparation for a funeral I was to lead with Psalm 23. Perhaps you know it: “The Lord is my Shepherd….

Day 32-33 Arzúa to Santiago de Compostela 

This picture of this group of friends at dinner in Arzúa was taken just prior to the arrival of Paulina, a petite French woman in her early 20’s.  She arrived at the table in a flurry.  She sat down by our Canadian friend, pictured on the left, and began to overflow in French while weeping….

Day 28 – Ribadeo via Lourenzá to Gontán

The day had arrived.  After 8 days together on the Camino, Grace today would be taking the bus back to Bilbao while I took a bus onward to Lourenzá and then walk the next stage of the journey. Grace and I awoke early.  It was raining and cold that morning.  I was glad Grace had…

Day 14 – Guemes to Santander

I awoke at 430 am. Climbed down from my upper bunk in the dark, landed on my aching, complaining feet, gathered my backpack, sleeping bag, stuff sack, etc and made my away around my eleven sleeping roommates, walked outside onto the balcony and followed that to the large room where we had had our evening gathering the…

Day 13- Santoña to Guemes

Received in prayer August 31: “Son– I am ending this month with a promise I wish you to hold onto.  A word which I, not you, will fulfill. You will see what I long for and experience what I am doing. You will walk with my powerful love. You will experience my light. I will walk…

Day 12 – Islares to Santoña

Today at 7 when dark still we left to begin the journey from our hilltop albergue with the great view over the sea, through Laredo to Santoña. We walked up the street from our albergue, passing the road to our friend’s campground where I had swum the previous day, and onto the 2-laned highway. I…

Day 11 – Pobeña to Islares

There was rustling in the room. Someone’s headlamp blazed as they sought their belongings. I got up.  This weariness settled over me. My energy was low. My feet ached just landing on the cold tile floor. Standing was difficult yet those feet needed to carry me 24km that day that amazingly became 24 miles.  I eased…

Day 9 – Albergue Eskerika to Bilbao

“Brian, wow! This verse jumped out to me and made me stop… ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths’ (Proverbs 3: 5-6). I hope you have the most wonderful experiences on your journey! I know…