The Last Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of G0d.

On the Camino, it is said that the Camino always provides.  We found that to be repeatedly true although my belief is that God is the one providing.  When we reached Santiago one cross remained to be given away or left somewhere.  It was not left in Santiago. The two days that we were in Santiago, the cross did not enter my mind.  

There was never any conscious thought about where to leave the crosses but I seemed to know where a cross should be left or given.  We are in Madrid now as tourists.  It is a beautiful historical city. Our hotel is about two blocks from the royal palace which will be one of our stops.  The opera house and art museum are on our list also.  

Yesterday, we traveled to the ancient city of Toledo, Spain on a tour bus. The drive to Toledo takes about 60 minuets.  The tour was to last all day.  The city of Toledo was founded by the Romans in about 190 BC.  It was the original capitol of Spain and was known as the city of three cultures for the cultural influences of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Toledo has a long history  in the production of bladed weapons. Damascus steel or hammered/layered steel was founded in Toledo.  Today, Toledo is considered the religious capital of Spain.  It is a beautiful city.  

We got off the bus to start walking through the city.  As we were standing in line to enter the cathedral, a lady behind us asked if we had walked the Camino.  I had a light weight shoulder bag on that had Camino de Santiago on it.  We answered that we had just finished walking the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port, France.  The lady said that she was to start walking the Camino next Tuesday.  Her name was Sherry and she was from Long Beach, California.  With halting speech she said that her husband passed away about six months ago.  She decided that she needed to walk the Camino. The cross called out loud and clear.  It was in my bag.  Sherry was given cross #43. 

We toured the remainder of the city and ate lunch with Sherry.  When we arrived back in Madrid, we gave her a hug and reminded her the Camino always provides.  She starts her journey in less than a week.  I told her to carry her husband in her heart.

Buen Camino……Sharon and Ron

June 7, 2019

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