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Bringing the Camino Pilgrimage to your Home

Bringing the Camino Pilgrimage to your Home

A Camino is a path, a way, a journey, a pilgrimage: a holy walk.

Traditional Camino routes can be found in France & Spain, but we can’t go there just now! However, the practice of walking a Camino, and making space to think, pray, ponder, rest & eat, is not limited to geography. We can adopt these sacred practices even while staying within our own home. And so I invite you to take a holy walk with God around your home, walk slowly. Walking between locations is precious listening time. Dawdle. Linger. Dwell in each location. Journey prayerfully within yourself. Stop to ponder.

Each reflective place within your home is marked with the traditional pilgrimage symbol of a shell 🐚 , and you will journey along a route with seven shells. Maybe keep a journal or make notes as you journey around your home.

Buen Camino

🐚 Doorways: stand or sit beside an outside door.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty
Psalm 24

A Psalm traditionally sung on the first day of the week and so a good Psalm for the beginning of our Camino. The King of glory is present with you. Strong. Mighty.

The doorway is perhaps closed more of the time in these days of lockdown but God is not shut out. Become aware of the presence of God with you.

 

🐚 Living: where is the living space in your home? A room?  A cosy nook?  A comfy chair?
Rest a while in that place.  What can you see?  What can you hear? Do other people gather in this space too? If so, who are they?
Spend some time being still. Ponder the everyday activity of this space.  Give thanks.
“Then, Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is”

Ephesians 3

 

🐚 Cooking: where do you cook?  A galley?  A countertop?  A fitted kitchen?
Preparing food is a humble service.  What are you making?  What’s your signature dish to prepare?  What’s your favourite treat?  What’s on your shopping list as an essential in these days?
Martha was busy.
Mary was still.
Luke 10

Both are good.  Both are blessed.  But when Jesus needs us to sit awhile with Him then one is better.
An essential. Sit awhile. Maybe sit on the kitchen floor if you can.  It’s a good place to cry. And to pray.
What’s essential in my life with Jesus?  What’s better?  Now, how about a cup of tea?

 

🐚 Eating: where do you eat?  At a table? On your lap? Whether on a tray or a table set a place or places for your meal

‘Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it’s supported by seven hewn timbers.
The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.
Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, and invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!  I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning”‘

Proverbs 9

As your meal cooks reflect on wisdom & confusion.  What are you confused about?  Pray for wisdom.  Enjoy your meal!
If you haven’t been for your allowed walk today then ‘walk up the street’ and pray for clarity and purpose
know that your life has meaning and worth

 

🐚 Washing: I’m not going to ask about this space!
When you next take a bath or shower consider the Psalmist’s prayer…

‘God, give me mercy from your fountain of forgiveness!
I know your abundant love is enough to wash away my guilt.
… Wash me in your love
… Create a new, clean heart within me.
Give thanks to God for His mercy & forgiveness.
Soak in His grace.
Praise Him for salvation & redemption.’

 

🐚 Sleeping: where do you sleep? A fold-out bed?  In a bedroom?  On a sofa?
As you settle to sleep, consider these three life questions posed by Dawna Markova*;
1. What is it too late for?
2. What is it too soon for?
3. What is it just the right time for?
Entrust the answers to God.  Know that in Him you are held in peace and safekeeping.  Resolve to begin anew your living for ‘such a time as this’ in the morning.  All is well.  You are loved.

 

🐚 Windows: what is your favourite window view? Do you have blinds or curtains?  Look out of your windows at the world outside.  Notice the homes around you.  The sky above you.  The earth below.  Can you see water? The sea, perhaps?
Pray for your neighbours
Pray for your community
Pray for your local hospital
Send prayerful blessings out into your neighbourhood.

Say the Lord’s prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Amen.

 

Revd Nel Shallow is a Methodist Presbyter within the Nottingham & Derby District where she serves four rural chapels. Nel is also the District Arts Enabler. Married, with two grown-up boys, a daughter-in-love, a Westie and a grand-puppy, Nel’s greatest love is her family. She is also passionate about meaningful creativity.

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