Katie: Today was pretty grand. The views were incredible; the Red Rock State Park featured mountains unbelievably big and quite barren with the exception of an occasional small scrub. This resulted in the rather appropriate name for the park, with the clay colored red surrounding us. As we hiked through the 110 degree heat and beautiful views, we played a plethora of games. Shouting from the front of the pack to the back, we talked and laughed, trying to guess the person that was ’female, over 18, famous, and not involved in politics or art’ (the game is called “I’m thinking of a person”). As we packed ourselves back into the two minivans, we solved riddles the rest of the windy way back into town.
William: In the evening, we went up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for a prayer service. The chapel is built on a beautiful red rock hill right next to a cliff face. From inside, you can see out across Sedona and to grand rock formations. This view was incredible, but what was truly amazing about the spot was the combination of seeing the enormous rocks and the details in the cliff. You could see these grand sweeping vistas, or a beautiful pattern in the rock, or a cactus, or a small tree growing out of the cracks. It was a great reminder that beauty comes in all sorts of things. Beauty lies in huge pillars of stone and miniscule cracks in the same rock.
Parker: Every time we go outside or drive over a peak, I am amazed by the beautiful landscape. The towering mesas dip down to cactus covered desert earth; even the clouds look fluffier. This evening we attended a prayer service in a chapel perched on the top of a mountain, magnificent views surrounding it. And it was really hot. The sense of community grew as the group of strangers sweated and prayed together. God is in the silence, the prayers, the mountains, and in the heat.
Franky: When I first heard about this pilgrimage, I was a little hesitant on going. This stemmed mostly from the fact that I’d have to leave Atlanta a day after getting back from a week in Salt Lake City. However, my feelings quickly changed once we arrived in Phoenix. The environment created by the scenery, my peers, and David was one of inclusiveness and spirituality. I was awestruck by the Red Rock Mountains and enjoyed walking through their namesake state park. We wrapped up the day by visiting a service at a church perched on an outcropping of rock formations looking over the landscape. With a renewed sense of energy, I hope to enjoy the remainder of this trip and continue to learn more about myself.
Thanking God for the prayers, love, and support – those that are present on the trip, and those that are being offered back home.
Journey to Adulthood
Our Journey To Adulthood youth are in Arizona for this year’s pilgrimage. They are focusing on God in the midst of nature and the wide open expanses out west, while also attuning ourselves to different types of prayer.
KEEP them in your PRAYERS:
Adam, Alex, Colleen, David, Frances, Franky, Hannah, Jordan, Joseph, Katie, Parker, William and their guide, Brittany.