Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Three kids, a dog, two tents, two kayaks and blue water below us with blue sky above us. We loved to camp when our daughters were young. We would load our kayaks with all of our clothes and gear and way too much food and more than enough coffee. Kayak camping encourages “excess baggage” since the hull of the boat is spacious. We played a game called, “Bring of the Trip”. Which single item will prove to be the most useful, enjoyable or essential to the camping experience? The contest continued every day of the adventure. The “Bring of the Trip” might be a particularly fun game, a comfy sweatshirt, a beloved book or a cozy blanket--anything that brings an unexpected measure of joy on the journey.
Each week during our Lenten journey toward morning, we have been singing a beautiful song from our hymnbook called, “I want Jesus to Walk with Me.” This song is a spiritual, intended to be sung with a heart full of passion and conviction.
“I want Jesus to walk with me. I want Jesus to walk with me; all along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
In my trials, Lord, walk with me. In my trials, Lord, walk with me; when my heart is almost breaking, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
When I'm in trouble, Lord, walk with me. When I'm in trouble, Lord, walk with me; when my head is bowed in sorrow, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.”
My “Bring of the Trip” during Lent is this hymn. The tune is stuck in my head (in a good way) as we make our pilgrim journey toward morning. It is unexpectedly comforting to sing together with my church family about trials, broken hearts, troubles and sorrows during Lent. Perhaps I need the reminder that I do not journey alone: we are in this kayak together, my friends!
What is your “Bring of the Trip” this Lent? Maybe it is the midweek Lenten soup suppers---yum. Perhaps there is special psalm that brings you comfort in the night. Do you love the coffee time on Sunday mornings? Maybe your “Bring of the Trip” is a friend that knows just when you need a word of encouragement or an offer of prayer. Look for the unexpected joy that filters into your days as we move toward morning.
April will be a month brimming with opportunities to be together in community at St James. Our mid-week Lenten Soup Supper and worship services continue each Wednesday. The kid’s choir will sing on Palm Sunday. Check the announcements in this newsletter for special worship services during Holy Week. Easter Sunday is on April 21. I’m already hungry for the legendary St James Easter pot-luck breakfast!
Through it all, I think I’ll be humming the same tune: “I want Jesus to walk with me.”
Vicar Kari Webb