However, I am writing this as planes, mainly Easyjet, take off past my window and my destination
is now tantalisingly close. Next time I write it will be from Jerusalem.
Till then, I share with you a blessing which my Prayer Guide read for me yesterday when we met briefly:
For the Traveler by John O'Donohue
Every time you leave home,
another road takes you
into a world you were never in.
New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
will pretend nothing
changed since your last visit.
When you travel, you find yourself
alone in a different way,
more attentive now
to the self you bring along,
your more subtle eye watching you abroad;
and how what meets you
touches that part of the heart
that lies low at home:
How you unexpectedly attune
to the timbre in some voice,
opening in conversation
You want to take in
to where your longing
has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known you needed
To illuminate your way.
May this be a great blessing to you, wherever your journey is taking you.
Catch you again soon.