A Camino de Santiago Blessing

a curved path with grass on either side and tall pine trees further off to either side and mountains in the distance

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d share with you something going on in my life right now kind of a behind-the-scenes look into my personal life.

My husband decided to do a walk called the Camino de Santiago which goes from France to the coast of Spain. It’s 500 miles total but he’s doing half of that (the first part and the last part).

He’s been training for well over a year because he had also thought about walking the Appalachian Trail. However, when he was at an REI Seminar, he heard about the Camino and it peaked his interest.

Then, he got sick, like really sick. In the hospital, heart attack, stint, sick. It took him about 3-4 months to get his medication regulated before he felt like walking again. That was last August.

He shared his goal of walking the Camino with his sister and brother-in-law. It just so happened that their church was hosting a talk given by a Priest who had walked the Camino. So, they invited us to listen.

He was hilarious! Something about it inspired his sister to want to do the walk too. That’s a very fortunate thing because I did not feel the call to do the walk but I didn’t like the idea of him doing the walk alone. She had lived in Spain back when her husband was stationed there in the Air Force and they have traveled back there to visit friends, so she has kept her Spanish up.

She’s also a detailed planner, as is he. Together, they poured over websites and books and videos to figure out exactly what they wanted to do. They booked their plane tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, and a hotel. The first few days were done. After that, they will officially start there walk and yes, those days are planned too but of course, they vowed not to push themselves and to just take it as it comes. As it should be.

Anyway, they left on Sunday, September 2nd.

Of course, being a writer, I had a few words for them. This is a blessing that I wrote to send them on their way. I read it to them before they left.

 

May your backpacks be light and your sticks be sure.

May your legs be strong and your feet endure.

 

May you, each moment embrace

And with each step find more of God’s grace.

 

May you make friends of everyone you meet

And wake refreshed each day as the sun you do greet.

 

May your minds be filled with peace from above

And your hearts overflow with God’s great love.

 

May you walk and talk and find silence too

Until your blessings abound and your burdens are few.

Bien Camino!

Sometimes a walk does ya good!

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