From Dublin to Cambridge

After only two short days we had to leave Dublin and travel back to Cambridge. Once again we took the ferry and the train, so it was a long journey and we leave Ireland at noon to make it back to Cambridge by midnight. I started the day by going to mass at St. Teresa’s Carmelite Church. The church was tucked away on a small street, but once inside, I found that it was a lot bigger than it looked.

As a side note, when looking at the church’s website I found this prayer from St. Teresa, which I love:

Christ has no body now but yours.  No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are His body.

Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

After mass, I went back to the hostel and met my friends for breakfast before we walked back to the train station. Because of the ferry schedule, we were sailing out of a different port than we came into, so we had to take the metro to get there. The port was in a small town south of Dublin. It was fun to be near the ocean and we had some time to walk around and enjoy the Irish coast before we had to get back on the ferry. Then, we took the ferry and two trains back to Cambridge so that we were ready to start another week of class.

I got a picture of the River Liffey on the way to the train station.

The coast was beautiful. I love climing on rocky coasts 🙂

There were tons of tiny sail boats with kids learning to sail. It must have been some kind of sailing school.

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Treasure

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:17

This is a pretty common verse from a very common book in the bible. These words are usually used to refer to the need to replace our desire for earthly material goods with a desire for heaven. And rightly so. The preceeding lines of Matthew talk about earthly treasures that moths and rust cannot destroy. It is good for us to read this verse in that light. It causes me to reexamine my attitude towards my possesions. It is so easy in this world to get caught up in wanting more and more material things. But, here we are being told that these things don’t last. Yes, I get it.

But today I read this passage in a different light. Not only does Christ want us to stop putting our value into the material goods of this world, but he also wants us to stop placing our treasure in the other “things” of this world. Humans idolize so many non-material things that are only of this earth. It is a little harder to come to terms with this verse in this light because we may not be as aware that we are affected by these things in this way. We invest our time and our treasure into earthly things like academic/career success, social status, and life accomplishments.  Now, these things aren’t bad in themselves, but if we place our treasure there, that is where our heart will be. And those things don’t last. You have to leave those things here when you go.

So, pray with me today. Pray that the Lord may show you where you have placed your treasure. Pray that He help you to believe that you want your heart to be in Him. And pray for the assistance and the grace to start moving your treasure there.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:17

Trust

So I know that the sub-title of this blog is “thoughts on life, travel, food, and faith.” I have blogged about all those things except tor one: faith. Now, I will admit that I struggle to write about my faith. Not because I don’t want to share it, but because I don’t know how to share. I often think I don’t have the words to share my faith. But I need to trust that he Lord will give me he words to write. I need to trust that the Lord will give me the words to touch hearts. Trust. I need to trust Him.

Trust has been a big part of my journey here. This trip has given me incredible opportunities to trust in the Lord. From the little things, like getting here safely, to big things, like trusting that He has a plan for my life, He is calling me to trust that He will take care of me. I can not do everything myself. I can not plan for every possible circumstance or prepare for every path that my life will take. I have to trust that he will be there every step of the way to guide me.

I can do all things in him who strenghens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Straight from the Bible, the Lord tells us we can do anything if we trust in Him and work through Him. I think this verse can easily be interpreted to mean that we can anything we set our mind to, but look at the end of the verse at the most important part:

I can do all things in him who strenthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

We need Him. We need to place our trust in Him. And he will give us the strengh to do whatever he calls us to do.

Moving to a new country has not been easy. There are the glamorous parts, like traveling to London on the weekends and getting to see another part of the world, the work parts, like going to class and writing papers, and there are the hard parts, like being away from my family, friends, and community and trying to find where I fit in at a place where I don’t know anyone. But the Lord has been right here with me the whole time and this has give me the opportunity to reach out to Him and to tell him:

I trust You.

I haven’t forgotten about you!

I haven’t forgotten about this blog! Classes have gotten really busy and I am trying to keep up with my reading and paper writing so that I am ready for the end of my first class next Friday. This past weekend I went to a traditional English tea, visited Hampton Court Palace, walked around Windsor, and went to a show in the West End.  I will write more about all these things and post pictures as soon as I can pause and catch my breath. I also, hopefully, will have more writing to share from my travel writing classes. But for now, I will share a bible verse that came up as the  “verse of the day” on my Kindle last week and is now my prayer for everyone: