Pilgrimage to Iona: Another day to worship God

The world belongs to God,
     THE EARTH AND ALL ITS PEOPLE.

How good it is, how wonderful,
       TO LIVE TOGETHER IN UNITY.

Love and faith come together,
     JUSTICE AND PEACE JOIN HANDS.

If Christ’s disciples keep silent
     THESE STONES WOULD SHOUT ALOUD.

Open our lips, O God, 
     AND OUR MOUTHS SHALL PROCLAIM YOUR PRAISE. 
These are words that open morning worship each day at the Abbey, and yes, they are words we used at St. Mary’s for a season during Morning Prayer. I’m certain we will again. 
This trip to Iona has been full of changing weather. Yesterday it rained off and on, and the walk home from worship last evening was cold and rainy and very dark (because we’d forgotten our flashlights and couldn’t use the ones on our phones…….because it was raining so hard). 
Yesterday we discovered a new beach. It was described as a favorite with toddlers which made it seem like a good choice for these two grandmas on a rainy hiking day.  A bonus was that it is the best place to find cowries, tiny pink shells the size of a child’s fingernail.   They are very difficult to find until you find your first, and then, like so may things, they are easy to spot. 
The rain yesterday made the morning sunshine today extra full beyond the brim with grace. 
Since today appears to be the day with the least expectation of rain, we’re off for what we believe will be a challenging hike to a place we’ve longed to see–St. Columba’s Bay on the far south side of the island. It’s a particularly holy place because it’s where St. Columba landed with his small group of monks in their coracle from Ireland, and where Christianity was launched across Britain, Europe, and as far as Russia.  
We lit two candles at the close of worship with prayers for safe travel, and all who journey today. 

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