JOURNEY ACROSS THE POND
By: Scott Jenkins
Week 1 - September 1, 2018
What do they mean?
When traveling outside the States it’s always good to embrace small cultural differences. This use of language for some reason just makes me smile. Also, the first floor is not the street level floor. It’s the first floor above the ground level of course. Who knew....Following 3 attempts with the lift I finally figured it out. 😊
Week 1 - September 2, 2017
Uber On The Road
One of the great mysteries in life might be watching how different countries decided to drive on either the right side of the road or the left side of the road. Have you ever thought about that? What was it that caused people to drive one way and across the pond another way? Fascinating given our common heritage. I ride Uber when I’m in the UK. It is safer for everyone that way.
Week 1 - September 2, 2018
On the Way to Dublin
This is the Christian room as part of the Interfaith chapel at Heathrow Terminal Two. A young Muslim woman is praying on the other side of the curtain. We are so close, only divided by this cloth. Her voice is sincere and passionate. Whether it’s a wall or a curtain we see “us” and “them.” God sits on both sides of the curtain with love and patience for us both.
Week 1 - September 3, 2018
Pulls a Heart String
This image triggered a rather personal memory to share...My dad used a motorized wheelchair towards the end of his life and would travel down to the bar and drink everyday at the end of the bar like this gentleman. I was startled by seeing this scene in Dublin. I realized no matter how far I go I still take ALL of my life with me. The scenery does change. I’m still here , memories, feelings, and all.
Week 1 - September 3, 2018
On Streets of Dublin "Living Her Dream"
She couldn't do anything else but sing (beautifully) and play. Oh, I guess she COULD do something else but this is her dream, her passion. She is Canadian who “knew” her soul desired to sing in Ireland. It’s NOT about the money. It’s about the heart. Inspiring!
Week 1 - September 5, 2018
Her name is Mary Montgomery, she freely shared with us the gift of her life story. Such a heartfelt experience. The depth and the softness of her sharing came from a long life of love, loss, and gratitude. It’s good to be alive, Mary said. With all the experiences that have come into her life’s journey. It’s good to be alive indeed...and aware of that goodness the seasons life will surely bring. Annie and I were in the presence and it followed us as we walked to the coast.
Week 1 - September 6, 2018
The apostle said “in Christ there is neither male nor female, Rich or poor, Jew nor Greek. I like the gist of this. Oh we know there are men and women etc. but there is a bond that transcends. This is my transcendent friend, Annie. I will miss her as our time in Dublin together comes to an end.
Week 2 - September 12, 2018
On this hill top rests Scotland’s necropolis. The word Necropolis literally is a transliteration from the Greek meaning city of the dead.
I felt very peaceful as I normally do in places of rest. Here in the necropolis, rightly named a city of the dead to date holds 50,000 souls!
Week 2 - September 12, 2017
City of the Dead
People have been honored revered visited and remember in this place. One cannot only feel the thinness between us and them but also feel and sense the love of those who have come to visit and remember them. It’s a daunting troubling peaceful experience all at the same time. It brings us face-to-face with our mortality in the hope of life beyond life.The beauty here leaves me speechless, oh so many saints here! Overwhelmed by their presence.
Week 3 - September 16, 2018
Goodbye to Iona
As I walked the narrow trail from the Argyll hotel to the Abbey I was taken by the thought of just how many people over centuries have walked, prayed, cried, and laughed here.
There were 15 of us in our little band of seekers. We prayed together in many places all over the island. My soul is refreshed. It was good to be here.
It is time to say goodbye to this beautiful place. Thank you, Columba and all the faithful followers who helped make this such a sacred place. Thank you O, God.
September 19, 2018
Back to York
This is the cathedral in York. It's testimony is to its alliance with the empire of the day. It is a massive structure which cost God knows how much money. I had my picture taken here several years ago. Sadly, there are more homeless people close by than when I was here previously. There is an enormous renovation taking place.
Week 3 - September 19, 2018
St. Helen's York
A Celtic Eucharist is celebrated every Saturday at midday as they affirm their Celtic heritage with the gifts of hospitality and prayer. Much of the original parish was bombed during WWII.
Beginning the journey home tomorrow, headed to London in the morning.