Northern Walk: Blog 1
The Northern Team, along with all of the other CrossRoads walks have just finished our fourth week of walking, and are ready to relax over the weekend in our varied host cities. For the NorWal (northern walk), that means spending the weekend in the breathtaking Black Hills, South Dakota. Over the past 4 weeks, we Northern Walkers have waltzed our way through 4 states: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and now South Dakota.
As today, June 19, 2016, marks our 33rd day since embarking on the crazy, thrilling, beautiful, hectic journey that is CrossRoads, it is only fitting to recap how the last month has treated us. If anything, this past month has reminded me in such an obvious way that being ProLife is so beautifully defined as being ProLiving in every aspect of our lives. For CrossRoads walkers, that means constantly putting other before ourselves, accepting the fact that personal space is a nonexistent concept, treating everyone (even those who oppose our beliefs) with the utmost dignity and respect, preparing dinner for our team, washing dishes, cleaning up a mess that may not be mine, waking up at 4:30 AM with joy, putting someone else’s bagel in the toaster, making coffee for everyone in the morning, grabbing a friend an energy bar, sweeping the RV floor, folding someone’s laundry, a “good morning” at the crack of dawn, and constantly relaying the same message to strangers: “yes, we really are walking across the US”. As lengthy as this list may seem, I wouldn’t want to spend my summer any other way. To be ProLife is to be ProLiving, and that is so beautiful. Just in the past month the Northern Team has run into countless strangers who have felt the call to share their stories with us. While praying outside of a Planned Parenthood in Billings, Montana, an elderly woman named Anisa pulled over to pray with us, and even gave each of us precious feet necklaces. At the same abortion mill, a woman and her daughter stopped to share their testimony with us. From sharing touching and emotional experiences with each other and strangers, to visiting historic sites with people we had just met hours prior, the Northern Walk has definitely had our fair share of once in a lifetime experiences; and I can’t wait for the many more to come. Here’s to the NorWal, croshin’ it, great company, and to the Good Lord for watching out for us.
- Gracie- Northern Walk 2016