15 July 2019 - Ellinwood, Kansas

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

There is one thing that has been said to me over and over again on this walk, especially once people find out what I am doing. It is one simple word, and it is “Godspeed!” I think what is true is I have heard it more on this walk than I have heard it in my previous (almost) 62 years on the planet. I understand that “Godspeed” is most often used when someone is going on a journey. So, in that case, it makes sense that I would be hearing it all the time right now. What I didn’t know was the root of the word. So, I just looked it up. It is a Middle English phrase and the original meaning was “May God cause you to prosper (or succeed).”

What a great thing to say to someone! And it is so cool that you can convey all this in one word!

It makes me think of the Aaronic blessing quoted above, which I have pronounced many times near the very end of worship, when the priest blesses the congregation. “The Lord bless you and keep you… be gracious to you ... and give you peace” is a beautiful blessing. And so is “Godspeed!”

I surely have felt blessed every time someone has said it to me on this trek. People have said it with such love, with such encouragement, with such genuine concern for my safety and well-being, and - I think also - with the hope that I will make it all the way across the country, and be successful in raising money for these four different charities that serve children.

It makes me realize that I could use this word a lot more frequently in the future, when wishing others success on the journeys that they are undertaking. And, of course, we are all on a lifetime journey with God on this big adventure called life.

So, I say to you now… “Godspeed!”

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