THE BIBLE’S AUTHORS lived in a three-mile-per-hour world defined by feet rather than wheels or wings. Their world was much smaller, but they knew it more intimately. When I walk, I notice the squirrels in the trees and flattened grass where a rabbit has passed. I encounter smells, textures, and sounds that otherwise I would not notice. I sense more deeply my connection to the natural world around me. When I drive, I see only a blur of people and objects, fleeting and vanishing. Pieces of landscape flash before my eyes in swift succession. The faster I move, the less I experience.
– Thomas R. Hawkins
Every Step a Prayer
From page 36 of Every Step a Prayer: Walking As Spiritual Practice by Thomas R. Hawkins. Copyright © 2016 by Thomas R. Hawkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
If you are able, go for a walk today. What of God’s creation draws your attention? Give thanks to God for what you see, smell, feel, and hear. Share your thoughts.
“[The Kingdom of God] is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Mark 4:31-32, NRSV
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This week we remember: Anthony of Padua (June 13).
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