We had guests from Canada, and when they were given options as to what they would like to see or do, they chose to walk the Lebensweg in St. Ulrich. Naturally we went with them.
It’s a short walk, 3.8 kilometres according to the sign, and this time we made no deviations from the trail such as we took on our initial visit. Still, it took us about two-and-a-half hours to travel from end to end.
It is not that we are such slow walkers, though it was a hot sunny day, about 32 Celsius. It is that we stopped at each of the contemplative locations on the trail to talk, to pray and to reflect.
I think the location that stirred me most this time was the cross. On our last visit there were a couple of families at the cross already, with children playing around the bottom, so we passed by quickly and I really didn’t grasp the significance of what I saw.
For this is more that just a cross, a reminder of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world (taking my place and your place). This cross has an extra beam across the bottom which I didn’t notice on my first visit. This cross is also an anchor.
That is so true. It is a big world out there, and sometimes we get tossed to and fro by the storms of life. Jesus is our anchor in those troubled times, holding us safe and secure no matter how violent the storm.
I strayed into churchy language there. Sorry about that. What I meant to say was that the cross is a reminder that it is possible for us humans to enter into a relationship with God, just as we do with each other. That relationship is like a best friend or husband/wife – only more. It is stronger and deeper and will survive no matter what issues you have to deal with. There, I think that was more of a plain English explanation.
Second time around, I knew what to expect from the Lebensweg (Life Path), so there were no surprises. In some ways that made the walk better – I knew what was coming so could start my reflections earlier. Though I guess that means I would end my contemplation of the previous topic sooner.
Since I have already shared a lot of pictures from the previous time we walked the Lebensweg, just a few today. The selfie is taken in once of a series of mirrors at a trail crossroads, the theme being “Direction.” The benches around the campfire are “Community.” I think this walk will become a favourite, something we will walk with pretty much everyone who comes to visit. We all lead busy lives. It is good to take time for reflection and contemplation.