know that you were taken from one place
to another as an infant to avoid the soldiers of
Herod, and that as a young Boy, You went once alone
to the temple to preach,
and Your parents thought You were lost.
you began preaching there are records
of long journeys in the company of various of your
apostles and disciples.
probably traveled on foot and perhaps
by camel or, as on your triumphant entry in Jerusalem,
which we celebrate on Palm Sunday, the week before
Your death, on a young donkey.
You walked across the roiling waves of a stormy
sea, to the awe
and amazement of Your disciples.
protect me in my travels, at dangerous speeds in
automobiles and airplanes, and across the ocean
have deemed Saint Christopher our travel protector
in memory of the legend that You appeared to him
as a Child, one stormy night, and he carried You
safely across a raging river.
be with me each day, Jesus,
and guide every step I take, physically
and spiritually as I wend my way toward eternity.
are my Guide, my Guard, my Traveling Companion,
my Holy Savior.
You for having protected me on so many careless
and often foolhardy journeys.
this I pray to You with great love
2011 Donn B. Murphy
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