Pilgrimage to Iona: The final day

All checked in for our flight at 6 AM tomorrow from Glasgow (apps are so great!), today we have one final road trip. 

A final bowl of porridge, tea, and brown toast for breakfast, a final cappuccino at the coffee place by the bay in Portree, this is a day of goodbyes. 

Beautiful drive, yet again, across Skye, 

pausing for sext, midday prayers. 

Singing as part of the worship a hymn we often sing at St. Mary’s Sunday evening Eucharist 

Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet. 
Christ within us, Christ over us, Let all around us be Christ. 
Taking a walk along the beach at  Kyleakin to view the Skye Bridge before driving over it to return to the mainland. 

Driving through the Highlands, finding a place for a picnic, and a walk through the woods, glimpsing the first of the Scottish fall colors
and down through Loch Lomond as the scenery continued to take our breath away. 

We’ll be up at 3.30 to walk to the airport from our hotel to catch the early flight to Amsterdam. I’ll then fly to Atlanta and finally home to Houston, God willing, to sleep in my own bed tomorrow night. 
I am grateful beyond words for the gift of this trip–for those who covered for me at St. Mary’s so I could be here, for my traveling friend, for her husband who funded the trip, and for God who was our travel guide. 

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