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The Pilgrim's Burs

Please excuse the rather soxy selfie, but after walking through the dunes between the beautiful beaches on the Island of Lindisfarne we found our shoes and socks covered by an invasive bur that has come to this tiny island in the North Atlantic all the way from New Zealand. Pilgrims come to the Holy Island from around the world to walk in the steps of St. Aiden and St. Cuthbert and to get closer to God, not to be covered in burs.

Judging by our socks, it is pretty clear how the 'Piri-piri bur' arrived and so we picked off the clinging seeds before we ended up bringing any home to our own garden. As we cleaned our shoes and socks before going any further, I couldn't help but think of a verse in Hebrews, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith..."

After our shoes were cleaned we arrived at the most beautiful garden. A faithful pilgrim who follows in the path of the saints will truly want to remove the burs and seeds that don't belong in the garden of God.


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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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