Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Thursday, December 17, 2009


From Common Prayer on this day:

Give ear, Lord, to my prayer,
and ponder the voice of my humble desires...
Among the gods there is none like unto Thee, O Lord;
there is not one that can do as Thou doest...
For Thou art great, and doest wondrous things:
Thou art God alone...
O knit my heart unto Thee, that I may fear Thy name...
All my fresh springs are in Thee.

How I love the ancient wordings;
How I love the God of Promise behind the Words.