Greetings friends and family!
Today was a very eventful day from my point of view. We began our day by taking a nice long coach ride to the Glastonbury Tor with a few pit stops on the way of course! Personally, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I heard we were going there. When I heard “tor,” what originally ran through my mind was, “Oh! We are going to get a tour of Glastonbury just like we got a tour of London!” However, my thoughts were nothing close to the truth.
The Glastonbury Tor is a gorgeous building on top of a not so tall looking, steep hill. I came upon the hill thinking that I was going to be the first one to the top. I looked at the hill and thought to myself, “You got this! You are an athlete who has conditioned on upward grounds! Nothing is holding you back!” Little did I know that there was so much holding me back. I could’ve easily paced myself to be the first to the tower, yet I didn’t. One of my heaviest setbacks was the view. The view was magnificent! It was truly breathtaking and to rush up the hill and not enjoy the view would be horrendous. So I took my time and as I took each step upwards I felt closer and closer to Him. As I finally reached the tower, I walked to the side of the tower where my friends sat. I was pleased with one of God’s many gifts to see at the top of this steep hill there were sheep! It was so joyous to just sit, take pictures, and pet the sheep.
Right after meeting with the sheep, I went on my own to the other side of the tower. I sat right at the edge of the hill and just started journaling. The first 5 days of the trip I had spent my time getting closer with a special group of girls: Anna Brunick, Grace Galvez, and Megan Piston. It was so wonderful getting to know each and every one of them more and more, but at the conclusion of Sunday I decided I really need to step out of my comfort zone. I devoted my time to not only building new relationships with the others, but I also really really wanted to feel closer to God as well. To do so, I reflected on my week through my journal. I wrote times where I felt one with God and I also wrote times where I didn’t really feel a presence. One of the key points that really stood out to me seeing glimpses of Him was the youth service from Sunday night. Everything about the service got me more and more excited to praise Him. The youth at the church were EXTREMELY inclusive, and the service was very different from anything I had ever been a part of. It was really just great overall.
At this point of the reading you are probably thinking to yourself, “Just get on with it! We all read Anna and Megan’s point of view from Sunday! We want to know about Monday!!!” So to get on with it, after journaling I gathered with my friends and ate a delicious lunch. Post lunch, we all journeyed back down the hill saying our sweet goodbyes to the views, sheep, and tower. Once we got to flat surface, we made our way to the Chalice Well. The Chalice Well looks just like the pictures; very beautiful! My favorite part of venturing at the Chalice Well was drinking from the lion’s head a taste of iron heavy water! It was amazing, to say the least. (And the Glastonbury health department tests always that it is safe and good.)
After we had all finished our peaceful time at the Well, we started our walk to Saint John the Baptist church for discussion. We discussed love. In more depth, we learned that love is caring. Love is not a feeling, nor an emotion. It was cool changing my perspective on love. Additionally, we learned about the sacrament of marriage. We did a mock marriage with Anna and Peter. It was a very humorous, yet meaningful way to learn about one of the seven sacraments of God.
When we were done in the church, we traveled back to the bus. Again, another long bus ride, but getting back to the Privett Center was pleasing. My group was in charge of dinner. Hayden made the meat chili, Eliza made the vegetable chili, Ben set the table and put out waters, while I made the salad. After dinner we did Compline and that just about completes the day! As of now it is 9:44 PM and we have lights out at 11:15 PM. I miss you all and cannot wait to continue the travels, but it will be nice to come home! Goodnight!
We are young people on a spiritual journey that began five years ago. We are members of Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. These ten days in England, France, and Belgium are a culmination of our study of the Christian faith. We are on a pilgrimage of exploration and discernment as we approach the sacrament of Confirmation in the Fall.