Mühlenstraße

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2

300 km of bike trails with 43 wind, water and horse mills make this region in Germany unique. The mills are in operation from April to October serving oven-warm butter cake to the creaking and rustling of the mill wings.

What makes your region unique?

Just in case

“For many years, it has been the custom to leave a lighted lantern by the side of the road at night to cheer the weary traveler. Beside the lantern, there is a note which gives detailed directions as to where his cottage may be found so that in case of distress or need, the stranger may find help. It is a very simple gesture of beauty and wholeness.” ~ Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

In your own way, do you keep a lantern burning by the roadside with a note saying where you may be found “just in case”?

Journeying to our feet

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home. ~ Wendell Berry

What does this journey require?

Encounters

“Our encounters with strangers—the unknown, the unexpected, foreign elements that spark our fear—are precisely the places where we are most likely to encounter God.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner

What sparks your fear?

Sandhill cranes

These Sandhill cranes sometimes peck at the window as if they want to be invited in. I wonder what stories they could tell, carried through migration, fluctuating with the seasons and the tides, and across the threshold into God’s imagination.

What stories accompany you? What stories want to be invited in?

Torn map

Once

by mistake

She tore a map

in half.

She taped it back

but crookedly.

Now all the roads

ended in water.

There were mountains

right next to her hometown.

Wouldn’t that be nice

if it were true?

I’d tear a map

and be right next

to you. ~ Naomi Shihab Nye

How would you tear a map?