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The unseen neighbor

July 16, 2019

Greetings Y’all,
We’ve made it to Mississippi. There’s been lots of rain from all the tropical storms happening down south, but we keep on walking. Well unless you’re Mikayla and you sprain your arm and can’t walk for a few days.
As badly as I wanted to walk I knew God had me making sacrifices in other ways. I had a lot of time to think and pray about this mission. Sometimes it can be a bit discouraging when we face opposition, despite the overly abundant amount of support we get. I mean here we are the 12 of us taking our summers off to walk across America as a witness to the sanctity and dignity of all human life. We don’t often get to see the fruits of our labor and sometimes we doubt if it’s even working. We hear stories that are encouraging, and we celebrate every pro-life bill that gets passed, yet the battle of doubt is real sometimes.
People tell us we are selfish and wasting our time. They say we should be serving the homeless or helping with foster care. They don’t bother to ask if we have or for our life stories. They don’t care if we’ve served the homeless before, or if we’ve raised thousands of dollars for an orphanage. All they see is the neighbor we chose to serve right now, and many don’t see that neighbor as a human at all.
It isn’t easy. You wish they could just understand, but we are not here for the applause. We are here for those who can’t stand up for themselves. The silent women, the unborn children, the euthanized, and all life that goes without the respect and dignity it deserves.
This week’s Sunday gospel spoke of a message we needed to hear. A message straight from the heart of the Lord. That being to love your neighbor as you love yourself. Who is our neighbor though?
Well, I think the other part of the gospel answers that. If we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, then there must be a place of dwelling for each one of us in his most sacred heart. Therefore we are neighbors to all those whom he loves, including the unborn. So who am I to only serve to the neighbor that is visible to all?
It’s frustrating and difficult to serve a neighbor that many don’t even see as a living being, but God sees them, and he is beyond well pleased. We don’t need our opposers to see the work we’ve done, we are here to serve God and those whose lives have just begun.

Love y’all,
God Bless
Mikayla Olson, Southern Walk 2019BC76BB65-811E-4346-A54F-925E5C29D78F

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2019 1:06 pm

    Wonderful, beautiful sentiment and oh so true!! God bless you all. We are so proud of you all!!

  2. Theresa Gorman permalink
    July 16, 2019 1:57 pm

    Thank you, Mikayla for your insight and inspiration. 

  3. Kathy permalink
    July 16, 2019 11:56 pm

    Amen to that!! It’s great practice for every situation, most especially in belief in the True Presence in the Eucharist where Jesus is hidden as a piece of bread and in what looks like wine. Your efforts are so valuable in making the reality of those little lives known and valued. Priceless and Awesome what you all are doing!

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