I Arise Today

by johnandterri

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It is not hard to recall the experience of walking the Camino as it has a lasting impact on one. It sticks with you. One aspect of the walk came to mind this week as I was reading the prayer called “St Patrick’s Breastplate“. It begins with the words, “I Arise Today”.

Each morning before the sun arose, we would wake and wipe what sleep we had from our eyes, wash our face and brush our teeth and put on our boots and head out. Each day was a challenge, especially early in the walk, as your body was rebelling and telling you to go back to bed. Yet, we “arose today” and kept going as we had miles to go and new and interesting sights to see and people to meet.

One of the parts of this St Patrick’s Breastplate prayer I like is the following verse. I know that arising each morning was made easier knowing that there was some amazing beauty in the sunrise or the landscapes we would be walking through.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I say let us all “Arise Today” and be awakened by the beauty of all the creation that surrounds us!

Blessings,

John

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The Beauty of the Balsamroot

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