I used to have a picture in my head of what being a pilgrim on the Way meant. The Way being, if not exactly a physical path through our world, at least a metaphorical one. I imagined, there was a path out there. I just had to find it. And once I did, I could follow it to some distant really great place. If I stepped off of it, I had to do everything I could to get back on.
But, these days I wonder about that idea. Psalm 85:13 reads, "Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps." This sounds more like the path is becoming before us and God is inviting us to participate in that creation. We aren't walking the Way with Jesus. Jesus IS the Way. Being a pilgrim is about the process of following Jesus, not about what you are going to do when you arrive at some future point.
God is constantly creating through us and around us. God is involved in our lives. God didn't just lay out an unfathomably giant set of dominoes and sit back to watch them fall. God is creating the path with us as we walk it. All the time. There is no "off the path." There is only being a pilgrim of God or not choosing to participate.
Here are some of the amazing ways that God has been creating life and grace around our church community this week.