Just back from Spain..sun exposed to the max and it is now certain that I will look like a dried prune by the age of 30! It was such a good time with friends...exams and stress are long gone.
I have been reading/borrowing one of my friends books. Its the celtic daily prayer book from the northumbrian community. Part of this book focuses on a call to risky living. It records an account from one of the ancient saints known as Brendan the navigator. He wrote about his sea voyages as he followed the call to bring Jesus to different parts of the world. His account provides an approprite analogy of the spiritual journey that we are each called to.
Brendan's Mountain Prayer
"Shall I abandon the comforts and benifits of my home, seking the island of promise our fathers knew long ago, sail on the face of the deep where no riches or fame or weapons protects you, and nobody honours your name?Shall I take leave of my friends and my beautiful native land, tears in my eyes as my knees mark my final prayer in the sand?King of the mysteries will you set watch over me? Do I assume that the storms will be stronger then me? Christ of the mysteries can I trust you on the sea?The sea takes me where I do not know but I gladly go"
This prayer callenges me to ask:Have I got the courage to leave the familiar and journey into the unkown, beyond the sensible and the secure?I don't know why but I have a feeling I will face important decisions regarding this kind of stuff. I want to develop a level of faith that leads to abandonment to God...After a week in the sun I am growing pretty comfortable in my nice wee life...What am I willing to sacrifice? How far will I go on this exploration of God?