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I pause to remember the pilgrim that I am, a wandering heart, wondering what promise the world has to offer, whom to trust, what to believe, where to settle this soul. I reflect on Governor William Bradford and “the saints” who settled on Plymouth. This new world was not their destination but their temporary refuge. They fled the oppressive rule of The Church of England. They wanted to worship God free from the constraints of human construction, to return to a simpler worship akin to that of the early church. They left their homeland of England for the Netherlands, where they lived for over a decade. Fearing coming war and loss of their identity as English, they sought an alternative in the New World. Through sacrifice and trial, they m