When did you walk? March 2019

What drew you to the Camino? I had heard about the Pilgrimage from a few friends and had held it in my mind as something I would like to do at some point in my life. I was embarking on a major transitional period in my life and the prospect of walking the Camino presented itself. I sensed that walking with God in the midst of this transition in a spiritual and physical way could be a timely opportunity.

What was most impactful about your experience? Honestly, how difficult it was for me. There were many days where I felt physically and emotionally tattered. On the Camino I felt exposed with multiple dimensions of my own weakness (physically being pushed to my limits while emotionally too) in a way I hadn’t before, yet I was met with such profound grace. God’s generosity was so evident in all of it.

What is the one thing you would want someone who is preparing to walk the Camino to know? Bring more underwear then you think you need.

What has remained with you since your Camino? The beauty has stayed with me in varying pieces—the beauty of my walking companions in their love and kindness, the beauty of nature in the awe-inspiring scenes of quiet fidelity, the beauty of seeing my own struggle and pain as a tender gift to open my soul to God in the expanse of his grace and unrelenting love for me—expanding my compassion, and the beauty in participating in the rich history of other Pilgrims who have walked before me. 

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