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Walk-about Practice

Dear Kindred in the Spirit,

During our summer worship services, one of the most popular spiritual renewal stations was the “walk-about” station where worshippers got to pray with their feet as they followed the signs around the building.

Today (Oct. 2nd), we continue that practice with a walk along the Redstone Rail Trail in East Longmeadow at 6:00 pm. meeting at the trail parking lot off Industrial Drive (not the lot by Milton Bradley or the lot by the depot but the middle one). I’ve already had one person say she’s coming so I know I won’t be alone.

On the walk-about station, we had scripture and poetry along the way to draw us deeper.

In one of Mary Oliver’s poems, entitled Gratitude, she invited us to pay attention to our surroundings, the sights and smells, the sounds and feelings for
“so the gods shake us from our sleep.”

And a line in Rumi’s poem Today, Like Every Other Day offers this wisdom:

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Here are some other thoughts about getting out and walking:

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” –Wallace Stevens

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”― Gwyn Thomas

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” –Noel Coward

“As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the Redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.” ― Woody Guthrie

I invite you to join us, today and everyday, in the walk of faith.

Shalom,
Pastor Kelly

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