We begin a new six-week series, “Quest: Travel as a Spiritual Act.” Whether you travel far away or see your local surroundings as if for the first time, pilgrimage has long been a spiritual practice, and “journey” a deeply-felt metaphor for our spiritual lives. “Quest” comes from the Latin root meaning “ask, seek.” This series will encourage us to open ourselves more fully to the curiosity and wonder, reflection and transformation that travelers–not merely tourists–experience when they choose to immerse themselves in soul-widening adventures.
The first week’s story of the pilgrimage of our ancestors in faith reminds us that traveling, moving, leaving home, is part of our faith story. There are times when we need to leave what’s familiar in order to grow and thrive. Beginning a journey involves leaving “home” – whether that is a physical place in order to explore another part of the world, or changing a mindset that keeps us from expanding our spiritual capacity.
Pastor Mary’s message is based on Psalm 122 and Exodus 13: 17-22. To read it, click here, and here for Rick Steves’ video,”The Road as Church.” You might also want to watch Rick Steves’ “Finding Spirituality/Closer to God.”