Today we did something that John would never do – a little bit of sightseeing! Instead of going directly to our next stop over place we took a side trip to the Four Corners Monument. It is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point. On August 23rd we drove in four states. Today we stood in four states at the same time: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Plus we saw Shiprock, a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high desert plain on the Navajo Nation, and other marvelous vistas and rock formations.
The highlight of our day was the time we spent with the community at the Desert House of Prayer in St. Michaels, AZ. For me, this included a chance to reconnect with one of my dearest friends, Sr. Nancy, who also knew and loved John. And we had the opportunity to tell the story of our tribute journey to others who were guests as well. Six of us sat around the dinner table sharing stories and delicious food from Judy’s garden, a productive oasis in this desert land.
As I get ready for another restful night, I am aware of a deep connection between all the places that we have visited on this trip. They are places of life and welcome! Though they may seem to be located in out of the way places, they are peace-filled versions of “Grand Central Station”. It was true at Rockhaven Ecozoic Center, at St. Francis / St. Emma, at Timberlake, and now here at the Desert. People are in and out – volunteering, bring fresh produce, stopping by to say “hi” or to seek advice, asking for prayer, checking on a scheduled activity, and so on. What a gift these places offer our world. No wonder John was drawn to visit and to serve!