Today’s Walk to Church comes to us from Elizabeth, Erin’s dear friend, who lives in Arlington, VA.
My husband and I, pre-children, actually chose our first church based on its proximity to our house, and our ability to walk to it. We were unhappy in our faith there for several years, and then, through lucky happenstance (or blessing) we stumbled upon our current church. Luckily, it is located just across the street from our former one, so it is still very walkable. Our children (1 and 3) love it as much as we do, although when we have to walk past our old church when they are very tired at the end of our mile or so walk … they sometimes ask if we can just go there. The children cherish the walk to church, and I love the exercise as I muddle through my third pregnancy. We have many favorite stops along the way: the fish pond that one man keeps, the brick wall that my children can walk on, the tree with the extra-large leaves. It takes us an hour, as opposed to a 6-minute car ride, but … these are the memories we’ll keep forever. Our new church home, Bethel United Church of Christ, is so welcoming and lovely that we are always very relieved to arrive. The walk used to be the most renewing and inspiring part of our Sunday mornings, but now it is just a lovely beginning to a faith-filled day.