A walking sermon

In 1953, news reporters and city officials rushed to a Chicago railroad station to meet and interview the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

When the train stopped, a gigantic man ‒ 6 feet, 4 inches tall ‒ with a large white mustache and bushy hair, got off the train. The reporters and officials surrounded the old man, welcoming him to Chicago, telling him they were honored to meet him, and peppering him with questions.

The old man thanked them politely, and then, looking over their heads, asked if he could be excused for a moment. He quickly walked away from the crowd of admirers until he reached the side of an elderly black woman who was struggling with two large suitcases.

He smiled at her, picked up her luggage, escorted her to a bus, helped her aboard, and wished her a safe journey. He then returned to the news reporters and city officials and apologized, "Sorry to keep you waiting."

The old man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), the famous Lutheran medical missionary doctor and theologian who had spent his life helping the poor in Africa.

A city official commented to a reporter standing next to him, "That's the first time I ever saw a sermon walking."

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