I am a Pilgrim, not a Tourist!

It is a challenge and a hair-raising experience to go on a pilgrimage. It’s not an ordinary travel just because we paid an enormous amount of money to travel in luxury and be catered to. I join a pilgrimage because it’s hard!
To make our experience manageable and rich for us, the pilgrim co-ordinator provided us a pilgrim prayer.

If any delays should occur or changes take place prior to any departure, and I become anxious, Lord, may I remember that I am Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If I do not get the seat of my choice on the plane, Lord, may I remember that I am Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If some things do not happen on schedule, as per the itinerary, Lord, May I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If I should get tired and inclined to become short-tempered, Lord, May I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If my meals, beds, and washroom in a foreign country may not be to my particular liking, Lord, may I remember that I am Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If some other pilgrim is talking loudly that I cannot hear the guide, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If someone takes a better seat on the bus or more choice place in the restaurant, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If I find myself last in line or waiting to be served, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If a person in front of me buys the last item I really wanted, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If I should get a chance to help another person who always seems to be annoying me, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

If someone else is always late and I am always on time, Lord, may I remember that I am a Pilgrim, not a tourist!

But Lord, especially let me remember that what I find objectionable in another … Is really what you often times find objectionable on me … So let me never forget this ….

To forgive others, as you are continually forgiving me. Amen

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