By Lee Halkias
On day 5 of The Pilgrimage of Hope, we reached the city of Merced, 75 miles from our start. I drive my small motorhome as a support vehicle for the walkers.
We are experiencing wonderful hospitality from Shepherd of the Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church and other local churches as well.
I am in awe of the kindness of strangers and the hospitality of those we’ve encountered along the way. Even people on the road.
I see the blisters on the feet of my friends and yet they remain jovial and committed to the Pilgrimage. We remember the people for whom we are doing this. Would that they could experience the same hospitality.
I have my own bed and shower and plenty of food. Would that my refugee sisters and brothers had the same.
I see the face of The Christ on my fellow travelers and on those who greet us.
Would that our refugee sisters and brothers are seen that way as well.
Blessings to all who support us in any way and who pray for us.