In an attempt to get away from the screen, I resolved to do little more walking over the past few months. After the cold-snap in January, I began inviting several people from Bethel to walks. Often, I ask others what their favorite walking trails are. It gives me the chance to see more of the city, but also join with someone else in their interests – to see what they see. I was overjoyed one day when I saw two eagles perched in trees, not even 40 meters apart from each other!
While it’s harder to arrange and plan (sometimes), I’ve loved it. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Many people from our church find themselves getting out and walking. In one way, it’s an acknowledgement that this is good for our mental health. We need to get out. But also, we realize the importance of personal connection and friendship – an experience we all have missed dearly over this past year. Being outside gives many of us this chance right now. The Bible talks a great deal about walking.
We are people of the way. While there have been times this past year when it has been difficult to see this, we are on this journey together. Perhaps we should find more intentional ways to walk at the same times and along the same paths – following the guidance of the Spirit towards the life of rescue and rest we have been promised in Jesus.
Take advantage of the early teases of Spring (while they last). Ask a friend or neighbor, and walk. Reach out to me, if you want to go on a walk some time. We’ve had some discussion at church about arranging some “smaller” group walks with those from church. Look out for details over the next few weeks.
On the way with you.
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