Walden’s Words: Marching Forward


Marching is an old tradition.  Marching is often used to get a group of people moving forward in a desired destination.  It is important for military personnel to engage in coordinated movements.  Marching can be difficult for several reasons that can be related to the weather, terrain, out of sync participants, distance, tired feet, and injured legs.  I always enjoy marching bands.

Three well-known marches in our shared history are the following:

  •  March Around the City of Jericho led by Joshua (Joshua – Chapter 6)
  • March to New Jersey for Battle of Trenton 1776 led by George Washington
  • March On Washington on August 28, 1963 led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

People MarchingThere are a few recommendations that make for good marching such as practice, good shoes, agreeable weather, a healthy body, among other variables.  However, you may not always have good shoes, agreeable weather, a healthy body, and/ or other supportive circumstances.  Yet, you still may have to march forward.

There is a small percentage of the United States of America’s (USA) population who has favorably answered the call to march.  The USA has one of the most educated, disciplined, diverse, and technologically advanced military the world has ever seen.  Our military community develops strategic plans decades into the future, then marches forward into those realities as best prepared as possible.

Time goes forward.  For that reason, marching forward goes in line with what is most likely beneficial for specific objectives.  Marching forward takes notice of not merely what is popular, but rather what is potent in particular conditions.  Marching backward can include familiarity, comfortableness, repetitive routines, and dé·jà vu.  Marching forward can include the unknown, uncomfortable, innovation, and imagination.

I am appreciative of all people who march forward on behalf of others, with a special emphasis on the folks that wear one of the USA’s military uniform.

Occasionally, Christians march forward into problematic places and complex situations.  God’s marching orders are not always easy, but they are always important.   Where is God calling you to march?  When is God calling you to march?  With whom is God calling you to march?

Ken Walden, UMR Columnist

Ken Walden

Ken Walden is an Air Force Chaplain Reservist and United Methodist Clergyperson. He is the author of Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families.

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