Karen and Mark Trek4Change!


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Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca 25.6km
Adjusted actual 28.6km

Today was a hugely emotional day. We went to the Cruz de Ferro (The Cross) where traditionally pilgrims lay a rock signifying the laying down of a burden, a hurt, a weight of some kind. We brought one each from home and have carried them all 27 days with us. This humble cross stands 1504m above sea level and is a simple iron cross atop a wooden pole.

Mark had the old hymn by John Moore on his heart – Burdens are Lifted at Calvary – and the words rang true the whole two hour climb up the mountain before dawn today.

Burdens are Lifted at Calvary

Days are filled with sorrow and care
Hearts are lonely and drear
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near

Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Calvary, Calvary
Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near

Troubled soul, the Saviour can see
Every heartache and tear
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near

We walked together and prayed, worshipped, wept and wept some more. It has been a long walk (over 550 km so far) and we have had plenty of time to think and draw close to God and each other.

We got to the cross and made a video to send home to our kids praying every blessing over them now and for their futures. We hugged one another, we lay our rocks and breathed out. What a moment. It was a morning we will never forget.

From then on it was hard work. Up and over mountains for the rest of the day our legs took a beating but our hearts were light. The scenery was breathtaking and we kept stopping to marvel at Gods creation. We walked with S & R again today and good conversation and frequent coffees made the day a lot easier. We all agreed this was one of the most amazing and one of the hardest days on the Camino. Interesting how those things often go together.

Highlights: Already said them all!!

Reflections: Today was all we had hoped it would be … and more. We lay our ‘burdens’ at the foot of the Cross…right where they belong. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV
We have come so far with only a little over 200 km to go. An incredible journey we only hoped we could do.
“I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 NIV

We will rest now. Tomorrow we continue walking to the end. Not long to go now.

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