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PAGE A8 Social, I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Wednesday, September 18, 2013 GEORGIA DUBOSE "Give me my scallop shell of quiet, i My staff o f faith to walk i upon; :My scrip of joy, immortal i diet; My bottle of salvation; My gown of glory, hope's true gauge, And thus, I'll take my pil. grimage." A contemplative reflection on life as pilgrimage, the verse above was written by a warrior, sea captain, courtier, explorer, lover, husband and twice-dwell- er of the Tower of London, where eventually he and his head parted company because he supported the wrong candidate for kingship after Queen Elizabeth I of Eng- land died. Many said that Walter Raleigh was a pirate as well, but he him- self would more likely have said that he was simply liberating Spanish contraband for Queen Elizabeth -- his patron, protector and sometimes his punisher -- as when she sent him to the Tower of London the first time for mar- rying one of her ladies-in-wait- ".mg without asking the Queen's permission (The story was that she rather fancied Sir Walter her- self). Eventually she let him out and Raleigh explored the coast of V-trginia, brought back to Eng- land tobacco from the natives, rode the high seas in search of Spanish treasure and found time to write poetry as well. People of his own time saw him as quite the rascal, but he saw himself as a pilgrim. Indeed, the scallop shell mentioned in the poem was more than just a symbol for quiet faith -- pilgrims wore it to show that they were baptized Chris- tians on pilgrimage when they walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Today, some churches use a shell in bap- God is not in the business of were young. However, it seems apostle Paul called "knowl- tism to indicate that the baptized fulfdling our expectations, and that for most of us the journey to edge in the inner being" -- re- person is beginning a lifelong pil- neither are our fellow humans, union with God is long, and there suits from regular prayer and grimage in the company of Jesus Wasn't that always the case are detours, sometimes many of scripture reading, and from ask- Christ. with our Lord and Savior, Jesus them. We wonder if we will ever ing for the guidance of the Holy The fact is that many of us are Christ? The tax. collectors and meetGod in the promised heav- Spirit. Both Hebrew and Chris- at least as complicated as Ra- sinners who came to listen to him enly kingdom, tian scriptures are full of the leigh, if not as talented, adven- made the good folks grumble. The Ghanaian/British mu- accounts of the long journeys turous or fond of famous people "Look who this man spends time sical group "Osibisa" sings a of people who loved and wor- as he was. Wild and crazy peo- with, even eats with!" song about our challenging jour- shipped God -- and made seri- pie can be strongly prayerful, as Jesus points out to the good ney; it is called "Woyaya." It is ous mistakes on the road -- but was the great Anglican priest and people that a shepherd who los- one of the best songs of pilgrim- kept on traveling. Life is hard, preacher John Donne, who, in his es a sheep searches it out, and re- age I know. I sang it for my dear unpredictable and full of sorrow. youth, wrote some naugh- joices when he or she finds it. A stepson as he made his way out It is also miraculous, beautiful ty poetry indeed -- and after the poor woman who has lost a coin of this earthly life in an ICU in and offers unlimited opportuni- death of his beloved wife, some celebrates joyously when she North Carolina recently:ties for love. We share the road of the greatest poetic prayers ev- finds it. God wants all of us in "We are going. Heaven knows, with saints and sinners-- most- ery written, including the son- God's sheepfold, and especially where we are going -- Yet we ly, if we are honest, sinners (our- nets, "Death, be not proud" and those of us who have made mis- know within, selves included). May the Holy "Batter my heart, Three-Per- takes in our lives. People said We will get there. Heaven Spirit, in all things, guide, direct soned God." Raleigh was a hypocrite when he knows how we will get there -- and rule our hearts. We will get If we expect the people with us wrote poems about life as a pil- We know we will. there. on this pilgrimage called Life to grimage. He wasn't any more of a It will be hard, we know Remembering with love and be consistent, we will be a long hypocrite than most of us "good" and the road will be muddy and respect Robert William DuBose time waiting. As one of my high churchgoing folk. He was a com- rough, But we'll get there. Heav- III school teachers was fond of say- plicated human being, en knows when we will get there -- Georgia C. DuBose is the ing, "Don't stand on one leg until If we could be good all the --We know we will." priest at St. John's Episcopal that happens." time,we would be saints when we That certainty -- what the Church in Harpers Ferry Educational forum to be held Jay Otto, a research scientist ty. Research developed by Otto at Montana State University will involves applying the Positive introduce Positive Community Community Norms approach to Norms at the Region VIII Ado- impact community systems to lescent Health Educational Fo- improve health and wellness. rum at the South Branch Inn in The cost of the conference Romney on Oct. 15. is $25 until Oct. 1. Participants Positive Community Norms is who register after Oct: 1 will be an approach used by the Center charged $30. To register, con- for Health and Safety Culture at tact Helen Baker, Region VIII Montana State to address such Adolescent Health Coordinator issues as substance abuse, child at 304-267-3595 ext. 159 or at maltreatment and traffic safe- I& ii[0 i m Custo'm Sawing Specializing in Custom Sawing, Tree Removal and Stump Grinding, Call Us Today! Kyle Friend 304-676-3486 Licensed & Insured PLEASE JOIN US FOR A Fresh Feast on the Farm October 5, 2013 Enjoy an evening of delicious, locally produced foods in a beautiful farm setting. featuring CLAY HILL FARM RANSON, WV To Reserve: Jane Tabb 30~-725,~325 www'FreshFeastOnTheFarm'c m I 0 ofproceeds will benefit the Charles Town Rotary Club. Good hair day ROBERTSNYDER Doug and Patricia White celebrate his 50th year in the haircare business Saturday with an anniversary party at his Ranson business, Headhunters Salon and Day Spa. Millville Pentecostal Church 12: Noon: Lunch/Dinner PM: Afternoon Service uest Speaker Rev. Mark Compton P/ ase br/ng dish and Investing in a Changing World? Let's talk. John E Williams Financial Advisor 120a W Washington St Charles Town, WV 25414 304-724-4168 ~t~ C~fl~ ~d Redemptibn (Lumberton ::; :N~imi~iste~ingin~g ~ndWordi Praisel::::i::~::~:::i~]MemberSIPC EdwardJoneg ::~!~i~" " .~,~::!:~. MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING NTAIN eritage v rts Crafts SAVE- $1 OFF REGULAR ADMISSION Clip and present this ad at the gate for $1 Off reg. admission. One ad per person. SJ Meet 200 carefully selected and prejudged Artisans demonstrating and showcasing their work Hear Bluegrass on Saturday & Sunday Taste wines from the area's foremost wineries (you must be 21 years of age or older) Location: 1330 Job Corps Road, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442 please visit our website for directions.) I!! 1!1 /~arnlsslon: ~.~ $7 for adults, $4 for ages 6-17 (Discounted tickets can be ordered from our website.) FREE PARKING No Pets, Please