The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Travel presence

Journey with the eyes of your heart

The first day of our trip to the Holy Land last year, our camera broke. Standing on the Mount of the Beatitudes in Galilee with an unresponsive "on" switch, we realized that we would remember this journey not because we had albums of photographs, but because we had really paid attention while we were here.

Our broken camera became the catalyst to the practice we call "travel presence." We will travel with a camera again, but we know this kind of presence is a more reliable companion. It also enables us to turn travel into a pilgrimage.

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