This beautiful story, from a Walk volunteer, is why we Walk without confrontation, with love, with open hands of invitation and hope to those who oppose us.
I was so very distracted on Saturday as I was running around, that I almost missed a very special moment of grace! At one point even, when I went back to get the WFL Rally Speakers from the spot where I’d left them near the EWTN stage (and none of them were there, I was wondering however will I find the Speakers in that immense crowd?!).
So my mind was immensely preoccupied as I was standing near the WFL Relief Vans at Civic Center Plaza, when I finally noticed an older woman really eyeing me and taking me in. I guess I looked “official” to her since I was wearing my WFL badges, carrying a walkie-talkie radio, and wearing a security vest. She made a bee-line straight for me. My first impression of her was that she seemed a bit hardened and unfriendly, so I didn’t know what to expect. She came and stood right in front of me, looked me squarely in the eyes, and said these words which I will never forget:
“I was your opposition! For the first time this year, I am WALKING WITH YOU!!!”
So, lives continue to be changed by the witness of the Walk for Life each year!
Lord, let us be humble channels of your grace! All thanks be to God!