We are going into uncharted territory and while our enthusiasm has peaked, so too has apprehension about weather, our lack of adequate training, and the potential for wild animal encounters. We go forth with God's promise that in the end all will be well. And in the full understanding of thr importance of the journey as a model of reconciliation and that spiritual growth demands that we step out in faith, even into situation in which we feel lost.
As warm up to this part of the SJ, Bishop has spent the weekend in Alert Bay with Diocesan Council and the Revs McKoewn, while Jeff Nelson (our driver) and I spent Saturday evening with our friends the Murrays--wonderful hosts. Tomorrow, Bishop will participate in the service in Alert Bay while we two in Pt McNeill. Jeff will lead the hymns while I offer a homily, both stepping into areas beyond our comfort zone, good practice for the walk to come.
Once we take the first few steps, and tomorrow those will be shared with members of diocesan council and the Pt McNeill parish, anticipation turns to the work of putting one foot in front of the other about 25,000 times. Anticipation turns to excitement and learning, and as the day draws to a close--to tired feet and sore legs.
We begin in anticipation and end weary and satisfied that this too has made a contribution and content that this is what God wants Bishop Logan to do.
Jeff and I and Deborah who will walk with us tomorrow are so privileged to be with the Bishop as he begins phase 2, continuing his commitment to reconciliation, following through on what he said he would do, responding to the call from God, serving as a model to the rest of us.