Go on a Pilgrimage
For many centuries, people of all faiths have journeyed to shrines or places of religious significance. Christian pilgrims have journeyed to the Holy Land to visit the region where the ancient Israelites settled and where Jesus grew up, taught and healed, died, and rose again. But for many Christians, a summer vacation getaway to Israel and the West Bank isn't affordable or practical.
Fortunately, pilgrimage sites aren't limited to places mentioned in the Bible. There are traditional pilgrimage destinations all over the world. For example, the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in northwest Ohio is a popular spot for Roman Catholic pilgrims to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary each August.
If you're interested in being a pilgrim this summer, you need not limit yourself to traditional sites. Consider sites such as the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia (the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity), or places that are significant to your denomination's history and tradition. Wherever you go, learn the story of your destination and reflect on what the story teaches you about how to live as a faithful servant of God.
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