1. A religious devotee who journeys to a shrine or sacred place.
2. One who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred.
3. A traveler.
4. Pilgrim One of the English Separatists who founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620.
I am a modern day pilgrim. You might not ever recognize me as one if you passed me on the street. (What a tremendous blessing if you did!) I do not wear a bonnet or formless black dress. I do wear black a lot- I am an artist and it just goes with everything. There is no somberness even remotely attached to me. I have the joy of the Lord.
What makes me a pilgrim? I am in the world but not of it. I am a journeyer in a foreign land. I know the language and am familiar with the customs, but they are not my own. No matter where I go on earth, I am not a local.
My pilgrimage is a quest of prayer and expression. I am set apart for a higher purpose. I am here to glorify my Father and do his will. I am here to be a vessel for his spirit, a vehicle for his agape love. Through his love I am called to withdraw at times and pray for others.
As children of God, we all have a Holy Quest. We have a journey to make through this land to find sacred place and purpose. Some of us journey and literally travel the world. Others of us journey without ever leaving our hometowns.
What is your Holy Quest?