John Bunyan’s main character is Christian who was stricken by spiritual crisis and set out on a pilgrimage to find salvation. In his journey he met an Evangelist, Obstinate, Pliable, Help, Wordly Wiseman, Hypocrisy, Discretion, Piety, Prudence, Charity, Faithful, Angels, Despair, Hopeful, Talkative, Contrite, and others. But of course, Christian has a special guide that steers him to the right path.Strange names for these characters are present in the dynamics of being part of big group on a pilgrimage. Strong characters that we all play a part with the hope that peace and healing will come our way. Just like Christian, our deep faith and belief, we are guided by the Holy Spirit.It would be absurd to think that we are full of virtues just because we are on a spiritual quest. However, we strive to see the goodness of one another. Sure, disagreement can surface; that is the reality of it all. There seem to be more questions than answers when we pray along the way. The force of evil will make sure that peace will be broken amongst us. One has to be aware of this as it happens and not let it take over our will. As for me, I bear in mind the teaching of Thomas Merton on the journey of a pilgrim, that it is a time for solitude to deepen our love, faith and prayer.O Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire to please you. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to make my journey alone.
Funny (not funny ha-ha) asking me that question. I just finished watching the DVD of Pilgrim’s Progress: Journey to Heaven. It’s a modern adaptation of John Bunyan’s beloved classic tale.Pilgrim’s song is a song that is constantly humming in my head. I grew up with this song and I love the lyrics. Pilgrim Progress is a required reading at school, a literally tale written by John Bunyan when he was imprisoned. Perpetua is my second name.I found the lyrics after coming from a pilgrimage at All Roads Lead Home.
Man is lonely by birth. Man is only a pilgrim on earth. Born to be king, time is but a temporary thing, only on loan while on earth.
Like the wind in the tree, man has been rather reckless and free. Thrown far and wide, we long to settle down beside the stream flowing through eternity.
Like the grass on the lawn, we will pass by the way and be gone. A lesson to learn, we walk but once there’s no return. Time is always moving on.
Man is longing for One, for a song and a place in the sun, a home up above where ev’ry day is lived in love, for rest when the journey is done.
A reminder that I am pushing the Pause Button in Daily Prompt as mentioned in my post Forty Days andForty Nights. Until then, care take of your sweet self.