June 29, 2016

Partly sunny

Walk organizers’ goal to raise hope

LORAIN — The organizer of the fifth annual Cross Walk hopes at least 50 people from all walks of faith will be carrying a cross during a march from Lorain to Elyria on Sept. 5 meant to spark hope in residents.
Marchers will assemble starting at noon in front of Lorain City Hall for a time of prayer for the community.
The group will take turns carrying a 6-foot wooden cross up Broadway to state Route 254 to Lake Avenue and will finish at Elyria City Hall.
“We encourage participants to walk, drive, cheer and support any amount they feel they can,” said Danny Parsons, pastor of Church of the New Harvest, who is organizing the Cross Walk.
“As we walk, we will pray over this community, the homes, families and businesses that we pass.”
Parsons cites the bad economy, foreclosures, crime and unemployment as signs a change is needed.
“I believe it is vital that on this day that we march right into the enemy’s camp and take back what belongs to us,” Parsons said. “Our economy, jobs, schools and families … we want to spark a hope in people’s lives.”
Parsons hopes this year’s turnout sets a record.
“We want to see it explode this year like never before and resonate through our whole county and state,” he said.
The symbolic march, which will occur rain or shine, is meant to remind people to put down their worries and take up responsibilities for their choices, lives and communities.
“Carrying a cross, that hinders what door you can go through,” Parsons said. “Sometimes, when we’re carrying a cross, the door you need to be going through you can’t.
“When you lay down your cross, you can go through any door you want.”
Parsons urges people to use past failures to work toward future success and be content with what they have.
“We want people to see something positive and say, ‘Hey, there’s someone praying for me,’ ” Parson said. “If you have your life right with Jesus … you’ll have inner strength to draw upon during those weak moments and trying times.”
Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7144 or acastelli@chroniclet.com.