June 17, 2015, Rua, Spain
There is real excitement in the air. The picture below is of two of my fellow American pilgrims letting you know how it feels to be only 20 Km from Santiago. The path today was again beautiful as it went up and down small hills through the woods of eucalyptus and other trees. The groups of pilgrims continues to grow and everyone is just excited and anxious for what lies ahead. Five of us have been walking together for a number of days now and are arranging to walk into Santiago as a group. I am sure that there will be hugs and high-fives to go around. I’m also excited to see some of the other pilgrims I’ve had the pleasure of meeting along The Way.
Tomorrow I will reach Santiago and walk into the the great Cathedral. Over the last six weeks I’ve passed hundreds of chapels, churches and cathedrals and been drawn into many. Taking a moment for a simple prayer, lighting a candle or just trying to be absorbed in the art and atmosphere has been so peaceful. I hope you get a chance to be drawn into a church or even take a moment in your home or by a favorite tree to find a little more peace in your life. I’ve also had to chance to think about those close to me who are no longer on this earth. Mom and Dad are always first on that list. But I think about my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law too and the terrible disease that took their lives before they died. When you find that moment of peace, remember them in your prayers too. And if you can find a way to include the Alzheimer’s organization among your charities, know that your donation will help the families who all fall victim to this disease.
You will be in my prayers and thoughts as I enter the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.