A Blessing For Eddie J.

Jotipalo Bhikkhu

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An entry from an online journal by Jotipalo Bhikkhu on his walking pilgrimage from New Orleans to the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Jotipalo, a Buddhist monk, and fellow pilgrim Austin Stewart find some Christian faith in Mississippi.

Day 14: We got onto Highway 467 this morning and we noticed two middle-aged men outside their house, working on their car. They called out, “Good morning.”

We responded, “Good morning.”

One of them looked at us quizzically—especially at our backpacks.

“Were you out in that storm last night?” he asked.

“Yeah.”

“Man, that must have been terrible,” he said.

“Ah, it wasn’t so bad,” I called back.

“Yeah, it was,” he said.

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