I feel better on days that I get out and walk. Or run. The last few weeks, I’ve been in a step challenge with some friends to see who can walk the most. I haven’t won yet, but it’s helped me to pound the pavement a bit more than I might have otherwise. Each Tuesday morning at 6 (sooooo early!), my friend Jen and I get out there, walking together to start our day. A lot of evenings after work, my husband and I take our dog for a walk, to catch up with each other and to expend some of the nine year old pup’s never-ending energy.
For me, walking is more than just accumulating steps. Walking is my way of connecting to the ground beneath my feet. And that ground has shifted a lot in my life; one of my constants has been change of address. I attended five different elementary schools by the time I was in 4th grade; my family and I moved from one town to another halfway through my sophomore year of high school; and since getting my sweet dog Zoe during my senior year at TCU (in 2006), we’ve lived in nine different homes. Walking in each of those places has grounded me, and helped me to root down even as I wander.
Walking helps me to get to know my surroundings, and my place in the world. I love to look at all the houses I pass, spot the neighborhood cats, hear the birds’ songs, find interesting trails, notice the changing of the seasons. Walking deepens my friendships with walking buddies, new and old. Walking gives me time to think, and pray, and listen. Time to dream and explore. Time to dwell upon how God is calling me to walk in the way of Jesus – which, for me, is walking with all people through every season of life, no matter where I am.
Rev. Megan Peglar is the minister at River Oaks Christian Church in northwest Fort Worth, where she has served since 2012. She graduated from TCU in 2006 with a degree in Religion, and from Brite Divinity School in 2010 with her Master of Divinity. Out of all the places Megan has lived, she’s lived in Fort Worth the longest — and is happy to call it home. She shares her home with her husband, Steve, and her stepsons, Adam and Ethan.