A Walking Sermon
Reporters and city officials gathered at a Chicago railroad station
one afternoon in 1953. The person they were meeting was the 1952
Nobel Peace Prize winner. A few minutes after the train came to a
stop, a giant of a man - six feet four inches - with bushy hair and
a large mustache stepped from the train. Cameras flashed. City
officials approached him with hands outstretched. Various people
began telling him how honored they were to meet him.
The man politely thanked them and then, looking over their heads,
asked if he could be excused for a moment. He quickly walked
through the crowd until he reached the side of an elderly black
woman who was struggling with two large suitcases. He picked up the
bags and with a smile, escorted the woman to a bus. After helping
her aboard, he wished her a safe journey. As he returned to the
greeting party he apologized, "Sorry to have kept you waiting."
The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary doctor who
had spent his life helping the poor in Africa. In response to
Schweitzer's action, one member of the reception committee said
with great admiration to the reporter standing next to him, "That's
the first time I ever saw a sermon walking."
- Author Unknown