St. James’ participants in Christ Walk reported walking, jogging, working an exercise program, raking leaves and painting-yes, painting during the week. Such creativity is to be admired. All have challenged themselves by creating individual and spiritual goals for what they hope to achieve during the 40 days of Lent.
Eight participants in Christ Walk reported a walking a total of 158 miles during the first week; an average of 3.3 miles per person per day. Congratulations to everyone on this first milestone! In the book Christ Walk A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program by Anna Fitch Courie, we are offered several walking challenges based on scripture. For reference, the distance between Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown) and Jerusalem is 65 miles. The Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) is 88 miles. The distance from Jerusalem to Damascus is 150 miles which reflects Paul’s journey and conversion of the road to Damascus.
Insights shared at our Monday evening check-in included:
Anyone can join Christ Walk at any time. If you wish to walk or exercise on your own time, feel free to do so. If you would like add your miles to the group, you can email your weekly total to Denise Holl at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a fitness tracker, you can count 15 minutes of exercise time as 1 mile. We’ll meet for a group walk every Sunday throughout Lent. We’ll gather at Coffee Hour after the 10:00 service. We hope to see you at our Zoom discussion Monday evenings at 7 pm (zoom link is on the church calendar). You don’t have to buy the book to participate, but if you choose to do so it is available on Amazon. We’ll update our journal weekly, keeping track of our progress. You will also be able to follow our journal on our website as well as find daily inspiration on Twitter and Instagram.
Anna Fitch Courie
Anna Fitch Courie is an army wife, nurse, layperson, and the author of "Christ Walk: A 40 Day Spiritual Fitness Program" (Church Publishing, Inc., 2015); "Christ Walk Kids" (Church Publishing, 2016); "Sally the Comet (CreateSpace, 2015); and "Sally and the Constellations" (CreateSpace, 2017); "The Adventures of Cancer Girl and God" (Church Publishing, 2017); and "Christ Walk Crushed" (Church Publishing, 2019). Anna finds her calling where health and spirituality intersect. Anna is a registered nurse by training and has been working in the health care field for the past twenty years. More recently, she has been a consultant on building community coalitions on health. Anna is a graduate of Clemson University, the University of Wyoming, and Education for Ministry at Sewanee: the University of the South. She is currently enrolled at Ohio State University in the Doctoral in Nursing Practice program. In her spare time, she fights cancer, consults in public health, and runs Christ Walk, retreats, writes books, and blogs for "50 Days of Fabulous" and "Lent Madenss." In her dream world, she hikes the El Camino and Mount Rainier, sails, travels, cooks, reads, and attends every Clemson football game each season. Home is wherever the Army (and God) sends her. You can find her blog at Christ Walk (www.christwalk40day.blogspot.com); on facebook at www.facebook.com/Christwalk40day; on twitter @christwalk1 and on Instagram @christwalk1.