Because some of you have asked:
I had been planning on leaving for a six week Renewal Leave on April 20. The plan was (and remains to be in the future) to fly to San Francisco, into Paris-travel to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and then begin a six week walking pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. The pilgrimage begins by walking over the Pyrenees and then averaging 15 miles a day (taking one day off a week) walking my way down through Spain, ultimately making my way to Finisterre Spain on the water in the south.
The plan was/is to carry my own things, stay in hostels each night, journey by myself-with my only companions being those I meet on the road, sharing meals with and sitting next to in worship. The hope was/is to remove myself from technology and contact from everyone but my family so that I could take time. I want to listen and learn. I want to listen to my own heart and thoughts. I want to listen and look for God in the midst of the rhythm of walking, the pilgrims I journey with, eat next to and worship beside.
This is a hundreds year old Tradition. There are churches all along the way. Each night my intention was/is to sit in a pew, and join in worship, even though my Spanish is minimal at best (although I have been practicing).
I am not disheartened by this postponement. My pilgrimage will happen. Leaving at a time of global concern makes no sense. I fully trust that this will happen in God's time.
Blessings in Christ
P.S. The picture attached is my "credential" kind of like a passport that you get stamped in towns as you make your way along the Camino
P.P.S. if you are interested you can go to the website that I have been using as a resource