UPDATE: If you’re reading this after the 3-week Aidan’s Way pilgrimage is over on Lectio 365, it will continue to be available from the 24-7 Prayer website so we can return to it any time.
This month, June 2023, “Lectio 365’s” founder, Pete Greig, is taking listeners along on “St. Aidans Way,” a three-week, 300-mile pilgrimage, following in the footsteps of the 7th-century Celtic saint Aidan. He began on June 11, but you can jump in any time. I am loving it.
Followers can pray the Bible each day along the journey with Pete as he shares insights and reflections from Aidan’s Way and explores how we can know Christ and make Him known today. The reflections offer audio and transcript, but I highly recommend listening, because Pete’s voice and energy are stirring. You can also find additional fun video footage (which they’re calling “The Pilgrim Podcast”) on Facebook or Instagram.
One recent piece moved me profoundly because it highlighted some of my favorite scripture passages from Psalm 139, verses 1-4 and 13-14 (ESVUK: English Standard Version Anglicized) :
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Think about how a pilgrimage — short or long, real or virtual — might strengthen your connection with God or otherwise enrich your spiritual life. When we set time apart, we make space for Spirit to work in us. In his reflections, Pete Greig said, “Through silence, solitude, and stillness, the sediment of life is settling down and things are getting clearer.” He also spoke of the “longest journey of all” not being the 300-mile pilgrimage, but “the 18 inches from my heart to my head.”
Oh how that resonated with me!
Greig’s daily prayer is also one any of us could adapt to our own prayers and pilgrimages:
High King of Heaven, would you walk with me and talk with me as I seek to follow in the footsteps of your servant Aidan today? I have set my heart on pilgrimage, so challenge me and change me, cleanse and rearrange me, until the fire that burned in Aidan’s heart burns brightly in mine.
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