NOTE: Some logistics on the Camino have caused me to get behind. For that I apologize. For those following or checking in, thank you for your interest in my journey. I hope to post a number of items over the next few days to “catch-up.” More photographs are available at my Facebook page. Please “friend” me if you’d like to see those and future uploads of photographs (it’s easier to post multiple photos to Facebook).
Well I left my happy home to see what I could find out
I left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out
Well I hit the rowdy road and many kinds I met there
Many stories told me of the way to get there
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know, and I’m on the road to find out.
Because this is a “Thy Camino” post, I will share some thoughts about the trip from a spiritual point of view. Although historically people traveling the Camino had essentially only a spiritual or religious reason to do so. I had a number of reasons for undertaking this journey, but for our purposes here, walking the Camino de Santiago might be referred to as The Race Before Us II – hence, “the walk before us.”
The Race Before Us, of course, was my “journey of running and faith.” The “journey of faith” though, for those not familiar, is a journey TO faith – a journey of understanding and accepting the truth of Christianity. Those familiar with Paul’s use of the running or “race” metaphor know that the “Christian race” is really a “race” of trying to become more like Christ with each step we take – in that sense, the “race” is our walk with Jesus. In still other words, it is the process of becoming a disciple – or, it is the process of sanctification. This process – this effort at attempting to live our lives more and more (with each “step”) is in effect our journey OF faith. In this very real sense, the “race” is everyone’s race. We will hear one day – “well done, good and faithful servant”?
For many modern “pilgrims” then the Camino is – as Cat Stevens wrote – the “road to find out” – a journey to learn more about themselves and the big questions of life. For me, it is an opportunity to focus for a concentrated period of time on the journey OF faith (since my journey TO faith is complete, as recorded in The Race Before Us).
Future posts, therefore, about “Thy Camino” will attempt to make observations on this journey of discipleship – on this walk with Jesus and, hence, on the “walk before us.”