Sometimes we need a place of refuge.
A place to escape those who would do us harm.
A place to rest from regular life with its constant tasks
and full schedule and people needing us at every turn.
Sometimes we need time away for a different look
at the gifts and dangers in the life we’ve been given.
Sometimes we need to travel unfamiliar paths
without knowing where we’ll stop or who we’ll meet.
Sometimes we flee to the next town or through a forest or across an ocean.
Sometimes, God of the pilgrim, you send us on our way
so that we may discover your way.