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This Pilgrim Way – Current Updates

pilgrimIt has been a while since I posted properly. Life has been one enormous set of transitions and changes since March. Life goes on and I am still getting settled, though I don’t know how well I’ll be truly settled. As I shared in a previous “post” I have in rapid succession found both a car and a place to live, so some of the pressing needs have been met. As I find my way in a new job, old community, and place I haven’t been in for a while ironically my car’s model is a Compass. My new apartment is very close to work and on better, cooler days I may have the luxury of walking or biking to work. I’ll be leaving Bumpass once again in less than two months, only to move into the town of Louisa – from the pan into the fire?

Work is going well and this past week I’ve been able to move past the computer system and started to engage people. While not the perfect job I am enjoying what I am tasked with and look forward to getting to know the community and people I serve better. Funny to hear myself say this, but people I like – the computers I hate! One real blessing of the new job is a great and patient director and team of co-workers, I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

Taken by surprise, meant to scare a dog and this almost landed on me!

Taken by surprise, meant to scare a dog and this almost landed on me!

Life is going to remain undone and I will probably have to continue living in the borderlands and unsettled places. All of my life I’ve lived in the borderlands: on the edge of Louisa and Hanover, on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, at the crossroads of the Orient and the West, between being accepted and rejected, and married/unmarried. Another season of borderlands living is typical and I’ll just have to wait and see how God carries me through. It has been difficult going through this time without a church family, but until I leave Bumpass again I am just going to have to bide my Sundays with the dog and family. It almost feels at times I’ll never be part of an ecclesial community again. Like the branch I shot down the other week by accident I still feel displaced and harshly uprooted from where I should be, and I don’t know if and how I can shake that feeling again.

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Quote of the Week

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger, traveling through this world of woe. Yet there's no sickness, toil, nor danger, in that bright land to which I go.

The Wayfaring Stranger, traditional song
To help me find my way

To help me find my way

So when things happen, they happen. In just a couple weeks I bought a car and have made a deposit for a new apartment. I’ll be leaving my family’s “farm” later in September and once again look forward to being on my own, though I miss Maria terribly. Ironically, the make of the new-ish car is a Jeep Compass, so here’s to finding our way in this messed up world of ours.

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Quote of the Week

A country without vision runs to every direction.

Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

It has been a while since a post of any substance and a couple weeks since a post at all. Just started my new job as a case manager and it has been a whirlwind experience of learning the computer, laws, and other boundaries that define the job role. I also don’t have solid internet at my parent’s house so internet is hit or miss – thankfully I come in a little early now that I finally got a vehicle so I can sneak some Mac updates and a little internet time in before I start work for the day. Hopefully as time advances and things stabilize I’ll have some inspiration for writing and I’ll find a reliable and consistent internet connection.

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