Last summer David and I traveled with the Lutheran Parish Nurse International annual study tour to London and Cambridge. While in England, we toured St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and watched people climbing the 259 steps up to the Whispering Gallery high on challenging, narrow and dimly lit steps to what they described as a breathtaking view at the top. While time didn’t allow our group to undertake the climb, we talked with some who did.
That climb was not on our agenda, but each day we all undertake a different “climb” regarding our whole health. We procrastinate and tend to fill our days with everything that is easy and “good for us.”
This week as we begin our walking journey through Lent, I pray that each of you decide to be good caretakers of the body God has given to you. Walking not just for exercise, but to grow stronger spiritually as you spend time with our Heavenly Father in Prayer and thought.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
As you walk, ponder these thoughts:
♰ How has my faith developed throughout the years?
♰ Were there special people who mentored me in my faith?
♰ What steps am I taking to strengthen that faith?
♰ Is God telling me to step out in faith about some issue?
David and I will be going with the study tour to Bethlehem in November, and using my previous trip miles, we will figure our Peace Walk Challenge using our mile calculation of 6,781 miles. I have posted some things that can help you collect miles by other than walking ~ No Excuses! Everyone can walk, and post your miles on my chart each week on Wednesday or Sunday when you join us for worship. Let’s get started!
We pray: Lord, make us mindful of the gift of our bodies and spirits each time we move through the week. Help us to celebrate our bodies by encouraging us to move and exercise.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School