By the Rev. KENNETH E.
Special to the Sun-Gazette
Tomorrow, many in our community of all faiths will be walking the CROP walk. My children at Schick Elementary School just handed in their annual "Sock Walk" donations to raise money for their school to provide enrichment to their education. Just about every charitable organization now has a walk or run in their annual listing of fundraising activities. But CROP walk is unique in that "we walk because they walk."
While there has been improvement over the last decades in how many people around the world die because of the lack of clean water and food, until we have no one dying of malnutrition, we must be in prayer and action to answer the call "Walk with Me!"
As CROP walkers, we will walk whether there is sunshine or rain because it helps us understand how much effort people in poor areas of the world have to put in each day to just get the basics of food, shelter and clothing. We are so used to running to the grocery store, corner store, one of our food pantries or "soup kitchens" for food. God is calling us to come on a journey of walking with others because if we share with one another, there will be enough for all.
In scripture, people always are walking - from the Garden of Eden to the resurrected Jesus walking on the Road to Emmaus. In our culture we walk to get exercise or take a hike to see beautiful fall foliage, but for most of history our feet were the main source of getting from one place to another and also of procuring food, water and shelter.
If you can't join in the walk tomorrow and don't have the funds to join in filling the plates and cups of others who have nothing, please take time to reflect on some walking in scripture and be with us in prayer from 1-4 p.m. From the beloved 23rd Psalm to Deuteronomy 10:12: "Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul." The second letter of John 1:6 tells us. "As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. Finally in Mark 10:21 when Jesus was with a man of much means, "Jesus looked at him and loved him. 'One thing you lack,' he said. 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'"
We of course need some things to function, but tomorrow is about taking at least a few steps of freeing ourselves of the idol of money and giving to those who have less, as a thankful offering of everything that God has given us.
Before each person goes on the walk, we will ask the individuals and groups to say this prayer. I humbly ask you to pray it now:
With each step, we dare to imagine a world where hunger has no chance to show its face.
With each step, we dare to dream of a world where war and terror are afraid to leave their mark.
With each step, we long to believe in a world of hope unchained and lives unfettered.
With each step, we dare to share in the creation of a world where your people break free.
Dare we open our minds to difference?
Dare we open our lives to change?
Your Kingdom come, O God.
Your will be done. Amen.
Jesus is calling: "Walk with Me!"
- Wagner-Pizza is canon and provost of Trinity Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Williamsport.