Traveling Mercies

In the last days before a trip, things can fall apart. A rear-end accident, a delayed document, a change in the prognosis of an illness. The size of the shoes don’t fit the size of the feet. The airline server goes down. Someone’s crying, Lord.

So I cling to this Gaelic blessing as I go on pilgrimage, for myself and for those who are on a pilgrimage right where they are:

Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ,
of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you

  • I carry you all in my heart!

About Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist is a Presbyterian pastor, teacher, and spiritual director who writes on women's issues, spirituality and Scripture, and what is happening in the world--hers, her neighborhood, the Church and the world. Each day she looks for ways in which the Spirit is moving in and around her.

  • Beth Freidline

    Prayers for you and your journey, Elizabeth.

  • pilgrimsoul

    There’s always something, isn’t there, but the frustrations add relish to the unexpected joys we can find on our roads.

  • Jan Richardson

    Deep peace to you indeed, dear Elizabeth, and traveling mercies! May you travel in the delight of God and find wonders along your pilgrim’s way. And happy birthday to you!

  • Carolyn Kingshill

    Keep Moving!!! It’ll get better!!!