Ash Wednesday

pilgrim shell and boots


Ash Wednesday
He’s on the road
PUT waiting for me

today we begin
a forty day walk
to Jerusalem

I lace up my shoes
and follow
PUT from a safe distance

but it’s bound to happen
His eyes will catch mine
and I must summon the courage
PUTnot to look away

for in His loving gaze
questions arise

PUTand fears

and we will
carry them all
PUT to Jerusalem


Brian Whelan

 Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. – Luke 9:51

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Reflection questions for your Lenten pilgrimage

  • Where have you seen Jesus on the road?
  • What are you carrying?

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For Lent this year, Bishop Melissa Skelton encouraged Anglicans in our diocese to pray with the 6-week series Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of JohnThis offering has been designed and produced by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a religious order for men in the Episcopal Church, and by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. There is a video for each day and a lovely journal you can order or download. I’ve already started it and am loving it so far.

Photo of hiking boots and scallop shell on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from Paulo Coehlo forum. Labelled for reuse.
“Pilgrimage of Sight” by Brian Whelan was featured in explore, a magazine from the Ignatian Centre of Jesuit Education in Santa Clara California. The painting is owned by the vicar of Blythburgh Church in Suffolk, UK. Used here with permission.
“Pilgrimage” by Esther Hizsa from Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim, 2015.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2018
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-18.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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1 Response to Ash Wednesday

  1. janesig says:

    That was a beautiful poem and the questions so simple, yet profound. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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