“And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” —Micah 6:8
I arrived at Camp Mabry for Sunday’s Crop Walk in a rush, leaving my own family in the parking lot as I walked ahead to the assigned meeting spot for the walkers from TUMC. To be honest, I was moving fast not because I was particularly energized for the Crop Walk, but out of a sense of duty to meet the tweens and teens from the Missions and Madness and Sisters in Spirit programs at the church who had agreed to walk.
And then they arrived.
As fourth and fifth grade girls greeted their high school mentors, they circled up, chatting and hanging out while we waited for the Walk—which feeds people around the globe and returned 50,000 meals to Central Texas last year—to get under way. With the help of a couple of great parents, we were off around the track when the walk started. All around me, young people walked and skipped and asked great questions about hunger. They joked and ran ahead and told me that they thought they might have to do a second lap or a third because they weren’t tired out yet. They collected stickers and facts. They told jokes. They wandered a little and wondered a lot about how to help make the world less hungry, more hopeful.
This community that swirled around me, this gaggle of girls that became the church on the move lifted my spirit with their energy until suddenly, we were being cheered at the finish line by Wanda and Jim Mills, longtime members of the Faith Class and ambassadors of the Central Texas Food Bank. Wanda told me that she thought this was their 37th Crop Walk. By then, I was the one ready to do a second lap around the course. These 23 walkers at such different ages and stages of life, they inspired me to take each next faithful step last Sunday. Every day, I’m working to return the favor.