St Jean Pied de Port 2018

August 25, 2018

We sit around the table with Joseph, our host, at the head. We are all strangers but he calls us family. We share our names, our country, our reasons for being here tonight. A woman from Holland is looking for peace. A man from Arizona comes with a grateful heart. A man from Korea hopes for direction. We are all here because we are needy. We are lacking. We are hopeful. Around this table is where we begin to let our guard down, where we begin to trust. Over the next month, for us nine days, we will form a community of people from all walks of life, all beliefs, all languages. We will become a people with open hearts. No one is an outsider because we will all suffer and hope together. So it is on the Camino de Santiago. My emotions are almost uncontainable. Tomorrow we walk. Tomorrow we unite. Tomorrow we are one.

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