Life As a Journey

“Does the road wind up-hill all the way?”

“Yes, to the very end.”

“Does the day’s long journey take the whole long day?”

“From morn to night, my friend.”

–Christina Rossetti

I just noticed how many of our book titles allude to life’s journey.

On that up-hill road, we often walk:

And that walk we will inevitably need to trust:

We may run:

Our journey may provide escape:

We must release and leave behind:

Our journey will be fraught with dangers and challenges:

Our journey will involve searching and finding:

We will come to places of rest, refreshing, and service:

On our journey we will reminisce, meditate, and remember:

There will be places to pause, let others pass, and gain perspective:

But is there for the night a resting-place?

   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.

May not the darkness hide it from my face?

   You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?

   Those who have gone before.

Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?

   They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?

   Of labor you shall find the sum.

Will there be beds for me and all who seek?

   Yea, beds for all who come.

–Christina Rossetti



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