(Photos tomorrow due to poor internet connection)
One of the things I find with pilgrimages is that along the way there are decisions to be made. It seems that the two biggest during all of them, thus far, are happening on this one. The first was back in the spring when I had to decide about going to see my Mother. Now we have to think about whether we go ahead tomorrow or take a day off due to the threatened storm. The call will be made in the morning.
Once again, we have had a tremendous day and received great hospitality. This afternoon we were handed over from the parishes of Central Kings and Upham to that of Upper Kennebecasis. Tonight, we are staying in Belleisle Creek and we were fed a tremendous turkey dinner with gingerbread and Cool Whip to follow. I have to admit I had two pieces of the latter. Surely, I have burnt enough calories; we have walked over 60kms in the last 3 days.
It was a great joy to walk along the road today and see that there are still several farms functioning in this region. The deposits of sediment from the river make it good “interval” land. There are many cows grazing in this area. I spoke with a couple of farmers this evening, one in particular who clearly enjoys his work. Yet it is obvious that it is a hard way of life, especially when animals are concerned. We should remember to regularly pray for those involved in agriculture.
There are always times when God catches me out. He is never predictable and certainly cannot be made to work to order. This evening we had a service of Evening Prayer in the church here. It ran along much as might be expected. At the end, as is my custom, I said a few words about the passages of scripture which had been read. Suddenly there was a real sense of God in the room. I was so shocked that I almost missed it.
I then had a debate going on in my mind. Should I mention it or allow it to pass by. I decided to say something, because God was palpable. After I said Amen, people sat still and quiet just taking in the sense of God in this place.This incident reminded me of the need for all of us to be aware of God with us. In addition, there is a responsibility to help others to understand what is happening, even if we ourselves are unsure.