Your prayers are welcome and are working. As the weather turns from rain, we thank God for blessing our journey and we thank all those who pray for good weather.
Today, many many waterfalls and large stands of alder trees, reminding us that the alder serves as holding place for others, a lesson from nature for parents and grandparents as we ponder our responsibility to our youth. As we rounded a corner of the route, we were confronted with a snow covered mountain, one of the highest on the island, a wonderful site reminding us of the majesty of God's creation.
Today, Wally Eamer replaced Jeff Nelson as our motor home driver. We prayed that Jeff travel safely and sent him on his way after videotaping his reflection on what he had learned from accompanying the Bishop on the journey. Jeff expressed well what we are all feeling, that he now feels as one with Creation, with first peoples, with God. At same time, we welcomed Wally to our small team.
As we walked, and eagle's cry was heard off to our right. A smaller bird flew by, almost within arm's reach seemingly as guide.
In reflections this evening, a daily practice on the journey, Bishop's two words today were mystery and awe. As he witnesses the glory of Creation, he marvels at the mystery and the sense of awe inspired by what he sees. He reminds us to never lose our sense of mystery and awe as we live and prosper in God's Creation.
For about a kilometer and a half, the Elk River followed the road. The river was in full flight from the spring run off. Bishop said he was reminded of the scripture from Amos "let justice flow on like a river." For me, it was a simple joy to hear the flow of the river as we walked. I also remember the words of Bob Nye, "when things go wrong, go with the flow."
The principles of simplicity and humility continue to be guidelines for the Sacred Journey. So far, we have followed these consistently; we expect some difficulty once we reach urban areas but remain committed to the principles.
While safety remains a concern, folks that we encounter in cars and trucks have been very generous with their share of the road. Big trucks in particular move over to the other side of the road, particularly where there is water so as not to splash us, and many of them honk or wave. We are finding that waving is like yawning (contagious). Bishop waves and I, being a city block behind, get the benefit as they wave back at me.
Today, Jamie and Flora from Alert Bay stopped on the side of the highway and walked back several feet to meet us, a practice that Jeff had started after the motor home was parked in a break spot. Bishop and I were so happy to see him coming with his big stick ("if I get attacked..") as we knew sustenance and a rest was near.
Anyway, we have survived 5 days, walked almost 135km, with no blisters and feet that want more.
Tomorrow is our biggest day yet, but we are gaining in physical strength and in confidence. Along the way,we learn from nature and each other and we grow in understanding.
Wayne for the team