By The Rev. Canon Anna Carmichael, PhD.
And so Day 9 of #thepilgrimageofhope begins. We are blessed to have Erin Rausch join us for the remainder of the walk.
Today we got a later start since we worshipped with St Paul's Modesto. Their hospitality, like all hospitality we have received, was impeccable. It is going to be a hot day (at noon it's already 80) with 15.9 miles ahead of us.
My feet continue to heal and I'm hoping to start walking again soon. But for now, these Episcopal flip-flops are about all I can manage (thanks Sue Roberts Jenkins). Last night before the presentation I read in the Episcopal Journal how immigrants and asylum seekers are being supported in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. The article featured an image of men, women and children, their bags on their backs, walking in well worn sneakers and sandals. They looked exhausted, but they are determined. They are searching for a better life...a life free of violence, free of extreme poverty, a life filled with hope.
I am ever mindful today, this Mother's Day, of women who have been separated from their children either through the court system or in detention centers. I am mindful of the brokenness of the immigration system that allows for families to be separated. I am mindful of how easy it is to have a certain hardness of heart to those we do not see as Christ in our midst.
So pray for our pilgrims today and those we walk with. Pray for mothers who are separated from their children. Pray for the children seeking their mothers.