Journey Home

Lenten Reflection

Thus says the LORD:
This is what I commanded my people:
Listen to my voice;
then I will be your God and you shall be my people.
Walk in all the ways that I command you,
so that you may prosper.

-Jeremiah 7:23

Breath Prayer:  On inhale – journey, on exhale – home.

Thoughts

Today I am having difficulty finding stillness.  My brain is going every which way.  Papers to write, thoughts to process, chores to do, and through it all…all I want to do is take a nap.  A nap for days.  But we are not asked to avoid our issues with naps (or substitute whatever avoidance technique you might use).  We are asked to keep on walking. 

As is true many times, a song sprang to my mind that I particularly connect with.  It is a choir song, “Journey Home.”  My daughters choir, SCC, has this in their repertoire and it is amazingly poignant because the history of this song includes singing it at the funeral/memorial of a choir-mate.  Generally, I am moved to tears at the idea of being on the journey home and the hope and beauty that is found in that journey.  And the pain.  Because as we journey, we leave people or ideas behind that we have grown to love. 

I wonder what ideas I have left behind as I have gone through my journeys?  A big idea I have left behind, one that was grounded in the God of my youth, is that there is a list of rules and God’s love is conditional based on how successful you were at following those rules.  Now, God is love.  And love is ever expansive.

I wonder where the journey will take me?  I wonder where the journey will take you?  I wonder if I will recognize God in all the steps of the journey?

Please, listen to this song sung by the SRVHS choir (I have no clue other than they are pretty good and they are on YouTube!) and hold in your hands the idea of journeying towards something and journeying away from something.  It is a beautifully poignant place to be.

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