My heart is at rest,
when I draw strength from you.
Presence in the pilgrimage
is far more valuable to me
than a golden destination.
The journey is where our friendship is forged.
Even the low points of my story are wells for the water of life.
Like bowls waiting to be filled, mine is the shape for your outpouring.
I no longer fear the strenuous climbs.
Each are invitations to be strengthened, to conquer new dimensions.
You are always there to hold me as my heart expands.
Your voice of affirmation clothes me at the end of each great climb.
As a pilgrim, I am confident that –
Every step matters.
And every step is beautiful –
If I dare to face reality –
And find you present in each step.
Bliss or struggle -
you are not surprised -
But present - whole - and right -
Shifting seasons baptize me with provisions,
as every season is obedient to your leadership in my life.
My frantic search for strength has stopped, at last.
I come to you for strength now.
Your strength is regenerative!
In your strength –
I go from strength –
to strength –
and then arrive with a full heart –
To face you,
In your home.
It is where I belong.
Press into my heart -
the highways to heaven.
So that my pilgrimage leads straight -
Katie Luse is a speaker and writer who is passionate about navigating life with eyes on a hunt for beauty.