They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.?~Hebrews 11:13?14
In many ancient sites we find crosses etched deep into stone. These were carved a thousand years ago by the Crusaders. I want to distance myself from the bloody heritage of the Crusaders, who are such a powerful presence in our pilgrim past. Yet their existence and influence is a fact. I trace the crosses with my fingers, imagining the mix of piety and violence that made someone lean against a knife blade to carve on sacred stone. Was that same blade used in violent ways? It is a distressing reality to ponder.
What did the Crusaders think they could claim? How is that different from what you seek today?
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I acknowledge that I, too, seek after you in foolish ways. Forgive me.