Friday, May 5, 2017


The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

At the young age of 62, my friend embarked on a 2,806 mile journey across America as a walk of atonement and gratitude—and to raise awareness of the needs of children with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities. 

Frank shares his incredible story in his book, Life Lessons Learned, Amazing Stories of My Walk Across America for Children by Francis X. Ryan. His voice, so familiar to me, came alive on the pages and carried me along, as his amazing journey unfolded before my eyes. At times, it seemed as though I were walking beside him.

As Frank’s journey came to an end at the waters in Ocean City, Maryland, I realized that he had reached a new beginning. During the final month of his walk, God provided him with a plan to help children and families affected by emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities.

There was work to be done.

God is faithful; and so is Frank—he accomplished what he set out to do, in spite of the challenges, hardships and obstacles he faced along the way. And when his spirits faltered, God, through His presence and His people encouraged and strengthened him.

Frank, my friend, you are a true hero—to those you love, inspire, encourage and serve every day—and to those who will come after you, who will benefit from your dedication and the groundwork you have laid. A great legacy from a great leader . . .

Lord, please show us what you are calling us to do today to love and serve others.

© 2017 Amy A. Verzi

1 comment:

Christy said...

Encouraging story. Well written! Christy