Sunday, 19 April 2009
A prophetic photo taken the year that I was ordained deacon! At the time I was working on a farm on the edge of Dartmoor. The first Church in which I served labelled it
"Father Terry with his previous flock"!
Called to follow in the footsteps of Moses, David, Amos and the rest.
The problem as always, is that with privilege comes with responsibilities. As I follow The Way to Compostela, I am aware that not many people can take 6 weeks out of their lives, so I count myself among the privileged.
What about responsibilities? Try as I might, a lifetime spent pastoring sheep - 4 legged and 2 legged - is not going to be set aside. I will need to be open to what has been called 'Camino moments'': times when there is a need, or an opportunity to serve - or be served!
In your prayers for me, please remember that I am not cutting myself off from human contact and that I need to be open to the Lord's leading and guidance. This will be especially relevant here in the U.K. as I walk from Exeter to Plymouth. The Spanish folk are used to pilgrims, here we are something of a novelty.
Please pray that a quiet witness to God's love will be part of my pilgrimage.