The map you make yourself

Kym Bishop 29 Apr 2019 sunday blog 

The Map You Make Yourself

You have looked at so many doors

with longing,

wondering if your life lay on the other side.

For today,

choose the door that opens to the inside.

Travel the most ancient way of all:

the path that leads you to the center

of your life.

No map

but the one you make yourself.

No provision

but what you already carry

and the grace that comes to those who walk

the pilgrim’s way.

Speak this blessing

as you set out and watch how your rhythm slows,

the cadence of the road drawing you into the pace that is your own.

Eat when hungry.

Rest when tired.

Listen to your dreaming.

Welcome detours as doors deeper in.

Pray for protection.

Ask for guidance.

Offer gladness for the gifts that come,

and then let them go.

Do not expect to return by the same road.

Home is always by another way,

and you will know it not by the light

that waits for you

but by the star that blazes inside you,

telling you where you are is holy

and you are welcome here.

—Jan Richardson


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