Down at the foot I was amongst people who have a daily life experience worlds away from my own. Down at the foot there were the real people connected to the statistics in the newspaper. Down at the foot I realized that this gathering was not of a magnitude to shift/change/heal the world. Down at the foot I realized that the power and hope of this march was the people walking along and how they would let God work through them to respond to the experience of that day. Which is what God has always envisioned and is always enabling. Hope, justice, love, peace made real by ordinary folks who to get away from the power and privilege at the head of the table in order to connect their lives with the needs and hurts of the world — and from that experience love, act, serve, give.
The Rev. Joan MacPherson is pastor of Main Street Congregational Church, UCC, Amesbury.