It was expected! that we lingered at our hosts Fay and Vina at St Ninian's, Dundee longer than we had intended to - the problem of authentic hospitality.
Authentic hospitality when the hosts and the guests are truly united in love where the exchanges are not self centred but self giving and therefore transformative. Fay and Vina touched the lives of the three men and their Ella so deeply, the gift of grace was stamped all over the place.
On leaving Dundee to pick up the coastal path, the contrast between the old docks and the new museum was evident. It was a joy to see life in its fulness when young people of Dundee learning swimming skills in the sea. That became more meaningful when I saw poster by Breathing Space. I have been made to be mindful ever since the first day of our walk, that while we celebrate the life of the 'Risen Lord' the reality of suicide was more real in Stonehave and every stop thereafter that the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on human mind is more serious that we realise. One of the purpose is to transform the way we view life and treat others with the dignity that Jesus secured for each human life, that we are the children of God made in the image of God that we matter. People matter. While life thrives there is death around us. It is our duty, it is my duty to make life possible and flourish. All that is not life should be resisted, changed and transformed. Crossing the Tay was a poignant time.
St Mary's Scottish Episcopal Church in Newport on Tay looked stunning. We stopped and proclaimed the words of the Risen Lord, 'Peace be with you.'.
It was a joy to meet Helena at Urban Grocery at Newport on Tay. Helena was most gracious and hospitable.
We walked along the Tay and reached Wormit, thanks to our host guides - Fay and Vina. It felt effortless. Walk from Wormit to Balmerino Abbey through ploughed and green fields was most enjoyable.
I made my way from Balmerino to Cupar, uphill and down hill about ten times before reaching the trading town of Cupar. The support team arrived ahead of me.
During my walk from Balmerino to Cupar, a very kind and generous couple, Jo and Grant Milne welcomed me into their home with great sense of hospitality as it was the Lord Jesus, himself. God bless this amazing couple. There is plenty to say about 'Christian Hospitality' and they topped it all.
There is more to say, but it is time to enter the Rest of the Risen Lord, 'Peace be with you.'
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