Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road…
Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla
In a university town, people do lots of walking. Walking to class, walking to games, walking home and walking by. Every day, as I drive in to the office or look out my window or even go to get a cup of coffee, I see countless steps being taken. Each of those steps walked by a different person, on his or her own path, following a direction, on the way to a particular destination. I cannot know all their stories of where they have been or even where they are going; I do, however, know this: we are all walking.
Jesus’ own life and ministry was about walking – from place to place, into people’s homes, beside wells and lakes and gates, through crowds and alongside common folk, on dusty roads and city streets, toward outcasts and enemies alike, and he walked carrying a cross. Even after Jesus’ death and resurrection, we read that he walked with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. For Jesus, walking was synonymous with faith in action.
As Christians, then, we follow Jesus’ example and walk in his footsteps – serving and caring for others, meeting people where they are, enjoying the company of friends, stopping for prayer and reflection along the way. And as we walk, we make the road – one that opens to deeper faith, richer relationships with others and the world, and wider hearts to love.
I am glad to be walking this road with you, friends. You remind me that we are not alone on this journey, but have each other. Thanks be to God!
Blessings – Lynne