An Expectant Season By Lynda Rozell
(Washington, D.C.) - "Savor the moments and the experiences" featured in this best selling, heartwarming devotional and business travel book, Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim written by author Lynda Rozell, also known as the Tin Can Pilgrim. The Tin Can Pilgrim travels by faith can be also referenced in the 2021 Oscar-winning film Nomadland, with her lifestyle as a full-time nomad in her Airstream RV. This book talks about healing as her trailblazing journeywoman of God finds peace through many storms of life. Also, the Tin Can Pilgrim has been featured by many news outlets nationwide speaking to mental health, finding healing from depression, and having eternal hope. Today, you will find Rozell driving her Airstream across the United States as her book and life is featured on the national stage. Journeys with a Tin Can Pilgrim has topped the best-selling ratings on Amazon in #4 Business Travel Reference, #6 Travel Tips, and #9 Solo Travel.
Rozell outlines her featured opinion article which is featured in her most recent blog, An Expectant Season, speaking to the Advent season and the personal journey of faith through her nomadic journey in her Airstream.
One thing I’ve learned on the road towing my travel trailer is to slow down. Savor the moment and the experience. Don’t rush toward a goal so that you miss the small delights and surprises you find along the way. As we barrel ahead into Advent, already Christmas seems to have overtaken us. Like the swoosh of a truck passing in the left lane, streamers of tinsel, snippets of holiday songs, and shopping deals seem to pick us up and carry us along. Wait and be still. Advent songs like “O Come Divine Messiah,” “On Jordan’s Bank,” “People Look East,” “My Soul in Stillness Waits,” or “A Voice Cries Out” just don’t have the same popularity as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Away in a Manger,” or “Silent Night” -- much less that of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Baby,” or “Last Christmas.” Why the short shrift given to a season of expectation?
Is it cultural? We like to do more than to be. We seek accomplishments – presents purchased and wrapped, cookies baked, cards sent. Meditation before a candle in a silent church or by a cold and starry campfire doesn’t quite measure up the same way. Likewise, fundraising for a good cause or filling up the wish lists hanging on a barren tree in church are concrete and realizable indicia of charity, not unseen prayers for those around us, the lonely, and the lost. Certainly, physical needs must be met to meet spiritual needs. Witness the Lord feeding the crowds with multiplied loaves and fishes. But it is both/and, not either/or. In part the answer may be that Advent looks beyond the birth of Christ to His Second Coming. This is a disturbing prospect for many. The baby in the manger gives way to the King coming in all His glory. For believers, this prospect fills us with joy but also fear of the Lord. We will be judged at the end of time, at the Second Coming. Yet our God is a God of mercy. God who made the universe, the complexities of physics, the delicacy of a fern sprouting in spring, the majesty of lightening exploding over stormy seas – it is He who comes to be with us, as a baby, as true food, as a healer, as a preacher, as our salvation hanging bloody on the cross. How much He loves us. It is beyond comprehension and calls for trust. What rewards lie in that trust! So, in this season of expectation remember to trust Him and to look forward not just to His birth but to His return. He will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead, and there will be no end to the Kingdom of Peace and Love that He brings. This Advent season is precious in being set aside to contemplate the Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament revelations and Words of the Lord about our future with Him. Meanwhile, as we wait in silent expectation, I’m recalling past Advents. I remember when I was pregnant with my first child, due near Christmas. Every discomfort or kick made me think of Mary in her ninth month of pregnancy, anticipating the birth of a child who is the Savior of the world. Did Mary wonder how she would be a good mother or did she simply trust that God would provide whatever she needed? And, Joseph too, as Jesus’ foster father, was making plans that probably included a handcrafted crib for the holy baby. Surely, Mary and Joseph made their home secure and welcoming for Him, not realizing His plan would have His birth be in the most meager of circumstances in Bethlehem. With this Advent frame of mind, let us – like Joseph and Mary – place everything in God’s hands. As I review the start of my fourth year of full time Airstreaming, I thank God for his goodness and trust His plans for the future. God continues to call me to go to places I never expected, both spiritually and in my travel trailer. In this Advent season of expectation, I’m taking more time to read and reflect on Scripture, to pray for those I meet and those I’ve met, and to find peaceful moments even when traveling busy highways. May God bless you and keep you and your families as we joyfully sing “O Come Divine Messiah!”
About: Lynda Rozell was born and spent her childhood in New York. She has lived most of her life in Virginia, where she earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Foreign Affairs and a J.D. at the University of Virginia. After law school, she joined the firm Hunton & Williams as an associate on the Antitrust and Trade Regulation team in Washington, D.C. After several years, she accepted a position with the Federal Trade Commission as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She subsequently worked as an Attorney Advisor on the personal staff of two presidential appointees to the Federal Trade Commission: Commissioner Roscoe B. Starek, III, then Commissioner Orson G. Swindle. Subsequently, Lynda worked as a project manager and in-house counsel for a Virginia non-profit.
In 2018, Lynda retired, moved to Florida, and embarked on her marvelous adventure as a full-time nomad, living in an Airstream travel trailer. She started a travel blog in 2019, www.tincanpilgrim.com. This book chronicles her transformation from her previous life to that of a Tin Can Pilgrim, including her ongoing growth in her faith and in the practical skills needed to live in and tow her Airstream trailer. Lynda seeks to live out her Catholic Christian faith in her ordinary, everyday life as she travels around the country visiting and writing about shrines, religious sites, and the beauty of Creation. She invites others into the community of nomads and wanderers that she has found on the road and shares the signposts that continue to lead her to radical trust in God.
Writing and editing have been key parts of Lynda’s personal and professional life. Her publications range from law review articles to an article in the Catholic Missourian. Last year she appeared on Catholic Faith Network and in 2019 was interviewed in print and on a podcast for the Arlington Catholic Herald. She enjoys volunteering, lecturing, photography, reading, and art, as well as spending time with her children and the many friends she has made in her travels across the country.