Walking slows our pace. The spiritual practice of walking reminds us we live from God who is the center of all things rather than at the center of a self-contained, private world. Walking invites us into a deeply physical knowing of the world and opens us to profound intimacy with God. The spiritual practice of walking patterns muscles and mind to discern the elusive traces of God in our world and in our lives. One aspect of Christian spirituality comes in discovering a mindful awareness of God in the immediacy of the present moment. The spiritual practice of walking nurtures this receptivity to God’s presence in the here and now.
—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
—Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen.
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