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The Editor writes...

Welcome to this new collection of Bible reflections.

If I have a pilgrimage destination, it is Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Whitby is what the Celts would call a 'thin place' - a place where the border between spirit and geography is especially permeable. For many years I went on retreat in Whitby, and have twice spent 30 days in silence there, in sight of the ruined abbey on the cliff.

In 2015, in response to the growing interest in pilgrimage, a new route was established: St Hilda's Way. Modest in comparison with some longer, more famous routes, St Hilda's Way wends 40 miles from Saltburn, up over the Moors and back down the Esk Valley to Whitby. One day, I would like to walk St Hilda's Way, but for now my pilgrimage is one of the heart - and as our first writer, Russ Parker, makes clear in his series 'Pilgrim aspirations', this is a perfectly valid form of pilgrimage.

In 2014, the then-Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, inaugurated the Thames Pilgrim Way. This route runs for 104 miles through the heart of the Diocese of Oxford. Bishop John wrote a prayer to mark the opening of the new path. It begins: 'Pilgrim God, you are our origin and our destination. Travel with us, we pray, in every pilgrimage of faith, and every journey of the heart.'

I pray that God will travel with you - and bless you richly - as you journey through these readings and reflections.

God bless you

Eley McAinsh

In this issue:

Pilgrim aspirations
Russ Parker

Strength in Weakness
Sue Richards

Beautiful Hindsight
Paul Canon Harris

Walking in shadow
'Tricia Williams

About the contributors in this issue:

Russ Parker was Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation for 18 years before founding 2Restore, a resource for reconciliation and renewal for wounded churches. He is an author and travels extensively as a conference speaker. He is married to Roz and has two children, Emma and Joel. He supports Liverpool Football Club and lives in Surrey.

Sue Richards won The Upper Room writing competition in 2017 and this is her first series of reflections for BRF. She lives in Newport Pagnell with her husband and son, and has personal experience of caring for disabled members of her family. She teaches Functional Skills English to adults and has written for a wide variety of magazines and anthologies.

Paul Canon Harris is a poet, writer and broadcaster based in Bournemouth. His published work includes two poetry collections, and non-fiction works on spirituality, leadership and communication. His most recent book is the Young Person's Quick Guide to Leadership (Kevin Mayhew, 2018). He is married to Cathy, a speech therapist, and they have four sons, nine grandchildren and a dog called Hope.

'Tricia Williams is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for helping people engage with God's word. She has a special interest in providing spiritual support for people living with dementia and has recently completed research in this area. 'Tricia is married to Emlyn (also a writer for Bible Reflections for Older People) and they have two adult children.

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