The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The pilgrim journey

We move with halting steps and stumbling resistance to our one true home

Exhausted and disgusted that she isn't the noble version of herself that she imagined, she discovers, "Everything is God's: my [messed-up] self, my dirty laundry, my harrowing inability to be perfect for Ben. Everything is God's. ... Because God is ... findable in everything. ... God is not too good to hang out with jet-lagged women with cat-litter boxes in their dining rooms, or men dying of AIDS or, for that matter, someone nailed in humiliation to a cross."

That's the difference: Tourists take in the sights without connecting them with the heart of the universe — or the state of their own hearts. Pilgrims know life is a journey requiring careful awareness because "God is ... findable in everything."

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