#23 Lent Pilgrimage, Word-less

Monday after Fourth Sunday in Lent

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain.  ~Matthew 5:1

450px-Sign_in_Mount_of_Beatitudes_church_3From the Mount of Beatitudes on the north side of Lake Galilee, a pilgrim can see a long distance. Blooming flowers are in profusion, pink and purple against the green grass. I imagine Jesus saying, “Blessed are the pure in heart” in this place. Our guide, Ghada, sings an ethereal solo in Arabic. I can’t understand a word, but I still understand her meaning. We divide into groups to study the Beatitudes. Meanwhile, some Nigerian pilgrims assemble in choir formation and sing and sway to drum accompaniment. I can’t understand a word they’re singing, but I know what they’re saying.

When was the last time your worship didn’t need language?

Prayer: O Creator, thank you for grace beyond words.

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I'm an essayist, memoirist, and Presbyterian pastor. My books are both spiritual memoirs -- "Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land" and "Ruined."