Learning to “Walk”

by Pastor Molly

She takes her first tottering steps, and falls.
Her father at her back and her mother only steps away, she laughs
and tries – again and again.

Chubby legs belie uncertainty,
and yet something deep within her propels her forward,
learning with each step what it means
to be freed from the arms of helplessness.

She is learning: strides become longer,
a stiff-legged gait soon finds flexible knees more forgiving.
Eyes fixed on her mother makes balance more attainable.

The game continues – back and forth –
until she embraces that thing
which defines her from all other beings of this world.

Each person, if they are able, takes these first faltering steps.
Not one of us came into this world knowing how to walk;
instead, with a combination of instinct and encouragement, we learn this.

And it defines who we are.
It gives us “a freedom” which no other animal enjoys.

Anthropologists see the ability to walk, upright, as the single most important thing in the development of our more intelligent brains.
(Ironically, because we can bear – and carry – our bigger brained babies!)

Our Easter faith comes into our lives with these same faltering steps.
We are loath to leave Lent, and its mournful reflection on death
(“you are dust and to dust you shall return”). . .
and beckoned by Mother God’s call to life: “He is risen!”

Our first steps are faltering, like the dawn of springtime,
along and around the icy chunks of despair in our way.
But we begin to navigate toward God and the freedom of resurrection.

Our “stiff-legged” journey becomes more nimble, more confident,
if we keep our eyes on Jesus
who is the “pioneer and perfecter” of our faith.

Easter faith is instinctual.
Given by the Holy Spirit, it is part of our spiritual DNA
to walk in hope of resurrection.

But it is also learned.
From parents and mentors of faith.
No one knows how to “walk in faith” – (in resurrection)
without others who pass this faith back and forth between us, helping us to learn it’s gait.
“Carrying” one another as we learn to walk.