ELIZABETHTOWN — Get your walking shoes ready, grab your Bible and head to the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse on Saturday morning for a “Walk with Jesus.”
Evangelist Doris Cromartie asks that folks “please be prompt,” as the event is scheduled to begin with an invocation by Pastor Everis at 11 a.m. Following the invocation there will be two guest speakers and then the walking will commence. All walkers are asked to wear white T-shirts.
The walkers will travel from the courthouse down West Broad Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and on to Swanzy Street, where they will turn left and travel Swanzy Street to the Dollar General parking lot. The walkers will cross the parking lot to Court Street and end up back at the courthouse lawn. Walkers are asked to follow the sidewalks and stay on the sidewalks at all times, said Cromarite.
When asked what sparked the idea for the walk, Cromartie smiled and said, “On the Fourth of July everybody celebrates … I think a lot of the time we forget the battle that was fought a long time ago. The battle fought long before then for the souls of man.”
Cromarite said that, back in Biblical times, folks wanted Jesus to fight a battle against the Roman soldiers and cast them out of their towns, but she said that Jesus wanted to do more than that — He wanted to free them (the people) spiritually.
“If anyone deserves recognition, Jesus does,” said Cromartie. “He won a victory no man can ever win.”
Cromartie added that she does not want to detract from the celebrations and meaning of the Fourth of July, but instead she is simply adding recognition for Jesus.
“We’ve taken him out of Easter … why do we have to take Him out of everything?” said Cromartie. “I’m not here to criticize. I simply want to recognize Jesus on that day.”
During the walk, Cromarite says the group will sing songs of praise.
“We did it last year, but did it as a prayer walk,” said Cromartie.
There will be water available for the walkers and the walk will be followed by a cookout at Cromatie’s home located at 806 Fox St. in Elizabethtown at 6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the walk will take place Saturday, July 12, at 6 p.m.