1 …walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
– Ephesians 4:1 (ESV)
15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
– Ephesians 5:15-21 (ESV)
Growing up in the Appalachian sticks, I didn't have sidewalks in my neighborhood. If you wanted to go for a walk you’d either take a hike in the woods or you could walk along the berm of the road. If you’re not familiar with Central PA vernacular, berm is the word we use for the side or shoulder of the road. Never-the-less, sidewalks or not, the school bus only came up to the railroad tracks, which then left my friends and I with about a half mile walk home after getting off the bus. Fortunately, my grandfather picked my sister and I up most days, alleviating the walk. But honestly, some of my most vivid childhood memories are from the days we all walked along the berm together.
There's something about walking with others. With some intentionality and at the appropriate pace, a walk can be a real relationship builder. When Robyn and I purchased our first home, I remember being so excited that it was not only in a neighborhood, but it also had sidewalks. No more berm-walking for us. In our early years of marriage we burned laps into the sidewalks of our community walking hand-in-hand. The memories of cool, summer nights and long conversations are still etched in the most accessible places of my heart and mind. Why? Well I guess it’s because wether young or old, the habit of walking is a great way to grow a relationship.
As we we continue our study in Ephesians, we're in a portion where we are learning to walk with the Lord. Imagine if you will, the Lord taking us by the hand and walking with us in the love, light, and unity we’ve been learning about. It’s here in the closeness of our walk that we come grow inner communion with the Lord. This Pastor's Note reminds me of an old hymn I grew up singing that says:
And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
O’ the joys we share as we tarry there
None other has never known
Friends if you would take some time to thank the Lord for walking with you. Thank Him for His presence and leasing in your life. And also take some time to prepare your heart as we will be worshiping and partaking in communion together with the Lord.
This sunday is going to be a special Sunday full of worship and response. Here is the worship set to help you prepare your heart for it. I can’t wait to walk together with you as the Lord leads us!
Love you Church,