“There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind
To all who’ve been born in the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin
Forget not the hope that’s before you
And never stop counting the cost.”
by Michael Card
“Eye has not seen ears have not heard what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Today we were to depart for our thirty three day pilgrimage hiking across Italy walking in the footsteps of St. Francis from Florence to Assisi and on to Rome.
For several days I have been agonizing over our decision about whether or not to cancel our trip because of my 92 year old mother’s failing health. This morning I was awake at 4 a.m. still praying for the answer to the question, “To go or not to go?” I knew instantly what we needed to do when a call from my sister in Michigan came at 6 a.m. My mother is on her own journey. She is transitioning from her frail dying body to a new life.
Instead of traveling to Italy we will be leaving in the morning for Michigan to see her while she is still with us and then on to Erie to celebrate her life and her journey home. Less than a month ago we were with my mother praying with her and telling her we loved her but this will be different. This will be our farewell for now at least. Yes, I am sad but I am rejoicing and giving thanks for a wonderful mother. She has fought the good fight and finished the course. Now she will receive the reward that awaits her for all eternity. Soon she will cross the bridge that will lead her to meet both her Lord and Savior and the love of her life, our father, Paul. I know that they both have been waiting for this moment for five years.
A curve in the road is not the end of the journey.
We are walking by faith and not by sight.
Thank you to our dear friends and family for walking with us.