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.”

This poem by Christina Rossetti has often given me encouragement to keep stepping onward and upward on my own life’s journey. Just recently, Rossetti’s poem came to mind again— when I noticed that many Cladach book titles allude to various aspects and dimensions of this journey called ‘life.’ For instance,

On that up-hill road, we will:

As we walk, we will inevitably need to TRUST:

The Journey will require us to be:

We may need to RUN (from SHAME and toward LOVE):

Our journey may provide ESCAPE:

Our journey may be fraught with DANGERS:

Our journey will involve SEARCHING and finding:

We will COME to oases that bid us to STAY awhile and CELEBRATE:

The journey provides stretches of solitude for pondering and REMEMBERING:

The journey includes places to PAUSE, let others pass, and find renewed perspective:

Along the journey we may find ourselves praying, praising, even lamenting:

Opening our hearts, we will experience Wonder and a Freer Imagination:

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

  2 comments for “Life As a Journey

  1. margaretw2015
    August 28, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    enjoyed this Cathy

  2. August 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Margaret. Thanks for visiting. Blessings on your journey!

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