021 The Highs and Lows of Our Pilgrimage Experience [Video/Podcast]
I had a dream last night. I dreamt that a friend and I went on a trip to a far away land; a land of castles and saints, of holy islands and sacred books. We walked through that land for miles and miles until we reached a giant cathedral on a hill. And there in a nearby house we beheld a great wonder…
Yes, our #DigiPilgrim pilgrimage from Lindisfarne Island to Durham Cathedral is over. And just two days later it seems like a dream that DJ Konz and I actually walked the 100 miles to see the historic Lindisfarne Gospels. Below you will find the daily BigBible videoblog episodes we recorded along the trek, and in this podcast we process the highs and lows of the experience.
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Day 1: Presence and Perseverance
Reflections from the first day of the trek, walking from Holy Island Lindisfarne to Bamburgh, after slogging our way through gale-force winds.
Day 2: Deep and Shallow Community
DJ’s reflections on day 2 of the journey, from Bamburgh to Craster, include thoughts on the shared community we have with others along the way, but the deeper community we experience sharing more deeply with each other.
Day 3: Looking Backward, Looking Forward
On our way from Craster to Amble DJ and I walk a long passage of beach that allows us to share something of our childhoods and reflect on our lives: where we’ve come and from and where we might be going.
Day 4: What Legacy Will We Leave?
We continue our pilgrimage from Amble to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. We’re half way through the pilgrimage and, at 40 and 41 years of age, half way through our lives. What legacy will we leave? Some reflections on Alfred Nobel.
Day 5: Rest Along the Journey
Bex Lewis meets us as we arrive in Whitley Bay. We’re feeling the pain now, and in a slight state of delirium! Some reflections on the need for physical, emotional and spiritual rest along the path.
Day 6: Trudging Through the ‘In-Between’ Time
By day 6 we’re feeling weary. The previous days have had harsh weather, little beauty, and little connection to Saints Cuthbert, Aiden or Bede in whose steps we’re following. And this ‘in-between time’ is a lot like life. How do you keep going when you’ve lost the excitement of the journey and the destination is still so far ahead?
Day 7: History’s Forgotten Saints
History is shaped by the greats, yes. But also by millions of names we’ll never know. Some pertinent thoughts from DJ after discovering the lesser-known Benedict Biscop and others who worked at the ancient twin monastery of St Paul’s and St Peter’s at Jarrow/Monkwearmouth.
Day 8: Serendipity at Destination Durham
We arrive at Durham on Sunday afternoon, just in time for the 3.30pm Evensong Service at Durham Cathedral. Our arrival at our destination coincides with an amazing experience of serendipity.
Day 9: The Prize
We behold the glory of the 1300 year-old Lindisfarne Gospels.
You may find the following links and resources helpful:
- Link: Lindisfarne Gospels digital
- News: Monkwearmouth Churches Welcome Weary Pilgrims
- News: Friends Finish 100-Mile Gospels Trek
- Podcast: How to Prepare for a Pilgrimage
- Book: [amazon_link id=”1908990279″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]From Holy Island to Durham[/amazon_link] by Richard Gameson
- Book: [amazon_link id=”0232524955″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Celtic Way[/amazon_link] by Ian Bradley
- I will be in Australia next week on my Resurrection Year speaking tour. If you’re near one of the events I hope to see you! My next podcast will drop in a fortnight.
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