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Today we walked from Keswick Ridge into the City of Fredericton. Tonight we are staying on the Northside at St. John the Evangelist. Since we began two weeks ago in Hoyt we have covered just under 200 kms. The hospitality we have received all along the journey has been and continues to be first class. It was good that we were joined by several people today as amongst other things we climbed Currie Mountain. In addition Mike Staples from the Gleaner came part of the way to take pictures and do a short interview.

One thing I have reflected upon during this year's walk has been the relative paucity of my blogs. Firstly, for those who usually read them, I apologize. I have to admit that when I get to this time of night I am ready for bed. It is only 8.08pm.

Despite being in the Easter season I am beginning to fully appreciate the way in which several deaths have affected me. Today that number was added to with the passing of Canon Tom Smith. I only really came to know Tom when I came to work in Synod Office in 2011. As diocesan registrar he would come in on a weekly basis to make entries. Often we would have the opportunity to spend some time discussing a theological topic. I always found it a great joy to do so, but in his humble way he would stretch my mind. His precision of thought always challenged my rather flabby ways of thinking.

It occurs to me that we all need to be pushed when it comes to the assumptions we make about faith. There is a need for someone who is further on the road who can help us in times of unease and perhaps to even make us uneasy. Tom did that for me and I shall miss our talks. 

I encourage everyone to find one or more people with whom we can walk on our journey. 


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