People are like stained glass windows:
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
This past Sunday was CROP Walk in Leelanau County. What a crappy day. Rain. (yuk) Wind. (double yuk) Multi-layered-clothing weather at best. (no more swimming) Hearing the rain and wind lash my bedroom windows early that morning, my hopes for the day dribbled away, just like the raindrops tracking down the window pane. Just this one day of the week, Lord. Just one day for you to turn that sun on to full brightness for all the people who were planning to CROP walk. And - to be fair - for everyone else anticipating a hike in the woods or an outdoor activity to end their weekend.
Okay, we got to Omena Presbyterian Church in a drizzle, got everything set up, and the walkers started to filter in. Singles, pairs, groups, men, women, children, young adults. My hopes rose when I heard friends greeting friends. We registered, we prayed, we were cheered on by the Michigan CROP Walk manager, Lary Jackson. And we set out on our walk, our steps eager. And the rain stopped. The wind blew but we were sheltered by all the trees on Omena Point. It was a bit chilly, but our brisk pace kept us all warm. Apples and water refreshed us along the way. The sun came out briefly, and each of those walkers sparkled and shone like pieces of stained glass. Even when the clouds tumbled in, each of those walkers sparkled and shone because they had an inner light. They walked on Sunday because thousands of people around the world walk every day for employment, for education, for food and water. And a threat of a little rain in Leelanau County didn't darken their spirits.
Thank you for all the people who walk:
to sustain their very lives
or to raise funds to help others.
"Shine, Jesus, Shine"
and make us shine with your inner light.