Small things, Big impact
~ Sarah Goodman ~
We are about to head into our eighth week of walking!! It is hard to believe it has been that long already, and even harder to believe it has ONLY been that long!
Something I have noticed in the last few weeks and have been continually amazed by is the response of the people we talk to. They are constantly coming up to us after mass and thanking us for what we are doing. And they are all so generous!! Many have opened their homes to us, given us food, offered us water, offered their homes as a resting place for future walks, and offered us their prayers. And yet they thank us?
When you say it, ‘I am walking across the country for Pro-Life’ it sounds huge and near impossible, but the truth is, we are just normal college students. I get back to the R.V. after a day of walking only to realize that I only walked 9 miles that day. In many ways Crossroads feel so simple, so easy a thing to do, and yet people receive us as if we are some sort of champions. It is very humbling.
Several weeks ago, in Fallon Nevada, after speaking at St. Patrick’s Saturday mass, a man came up to me and thanked me for speaking and for walking. He took off a rubber bracelet and handed it to me and said “Here, you need this more than me.” It was a red band that said ‘Heroes!! Walk for Life.’ Something about this gesture deeply touched and humbled me. It was the first time I realized that people look up to, respect, and admire us. I felt honored receiving such a simple gift. I will wear this wrist band with honor, in memory of all those praying for us. Thank you.
A week or two after that a woman in a church in Salt Lake City, Utah, stopped me outside after daily mass and gave me a beautiful red and silver crucifix which she had just gotten at a retreat a week or so before. She also thanked us for what we were doing and assured us that we do touch lives and that she was living proof of that. Again, I felt honored and humbled by such a simple gift.
For all those praying for and supporting us, thank you. We couldn’t be doing any of this without you. Your kindness, generosity, and selflessness give us courage and strength to continue.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.”