Lenten Reflection: Let’s Go For A Walk

March 31, 2015 Comments Off on Lenten Reflection: Let’s Go For A Walk

iStock_walking_hoodieHere we are at the start of Holy Week. No matter if you gave something up for Lent, or took something on, if you’ve been to Stations of the Cross or are not sure what Stations are, here is where we are.

At the start of Lent I blogged about breathing as a part of a good and gentle Lent (https://stlukeinthefieldsblog.org/2015/02/24/lenten-reflection-a-good-and-gentle-lent/). Today, I’d like to invite you to think about something just as simple: walking.

I thought some of us might be looking for a special discipline we can do between now and Easter. Especially if you, like me, can’t make it to some of the Holy Week services, you might be looking for something else you can do to mark this special time.

You might find that something simple might be best for you.

The first line of our liturgy that I fell in love with is: “Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.” My heart jumps every time I hear this offertory sentence from Ephesians 5:2.  I often use this line as a mindful, peaceful reflection. This verse was the theme of our pride celebration about ten years ago. It might work just as well for Holy Week.

How could you walk in love this Holy Week?

If you can’t make a Holy Week services this week, you could take a walk for lunch or set off with some extra time before work. Reflect on the line from Ephesians as you walk. Just breathe and walk. Please leave your cell phone in your pocket. If you’re in the city, ignore the shop windows and the large variety of dogs trotting by, block out the noise as best you can.  Try to stay in the moment. I started taking deliberate, hour long walks — usually alone — and it’s been a profound experience for me. Maybe it will be for you too.

If you’re up for something more structured and community minded, you could join us at the 6:15Stations of the Cross service this Wednesday night at St. Luke’s. We walk through the stations, meditating on Jesus’ walk to the cross.

Even a walk of only a few steps can be a “walk in love.”  Walk up to someone that you don’t know that well, maybe at work or in the hallway at home, and say hello. Even this small shift toward love can be the beginning of something good. This challenge from Maya Angelou is great, but could be especially difficult for us New Yorkers: “Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter.”

Dear Jesus, we’re walking with you. We’re walking to find silence or friendship. We’re walking to release a long held tension or to see something new.  We want to walk in love with you. Amen.

– Chris Phillips

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