On your marks. . .

After all of the uncertainty it was such a relief to set off this morning along the Camino as we started our journey at Sarria. It was also such a relief some 22km later to reach Portomarín.  The shoes didn't let me down neither did the waterproofs. To be honest, the weather was on our side today with a particularly heavy rainfall towards the end with only a relatively short distance to go. 

We are fortunate to have a support team - our tour guide, our local Spanish Guide, the man with the van who appears every so often along the way with water and lunch and our very own doctor!  

Any journey comes with uncertainties both before in anticipation and during when, despite our plans, we do not always know what is around the corner. Yet, even with all of this, there is much to keep us going. The views today were spectacular as the sun showed up the Spanish countryside at its very best.  The heavy rain at the end reminded us that pilgrimage is not always an easy journey - with changes in the weather reflecting the changes in our lives and our reactions. The support team there has been and will continue to be a tremendous reassurance along the way as will the companionship of each other, a companionship at the very heart of pilgrimage. 

The uncertainties we face and the unpredictable nature of our sojourn through life is made more bearable by that enduring presence of God who is there through the changing scenes of life. 

Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same,
All may change, but Jesus never—                    glory to His name!
Glory to His name! Glory to His name!
All may change, but Jesus never—                  glory to His