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Jan 26 in Musings
 I took a vacation day last Sunday morning. Anne and I ran the first ever Rose Bowl Half-Marathon. Thirteen-point-one miles (13.1), and don’t forget the point-one! We signed up for the race long ago and had plenty of time to up our normal running mileage to train. Although it drizzled while we were on the course, the monsoon rains blessedly held off until we were finished.
Running for two hours gave me plenty of meditation time. I hummed a little, recited a few scriptures, prayed, and couldn’t help but think about endurance. Especially toward the end of the race. Between miles 11 and 13, my body told me it was ready to stop- in no uncertain terms. But I really wanted to cross the finish line inside the Rose Bowl, that was the goal. So what was I going to do about my slightly cramping legs, sore feet and sweat-soaked body? Keep running. One foot in front of the other, just keep running. There were no other options.

It struck me afterwards when I was warm and dry (and sitting down) that there is a good reason the book of Hebrews starts its famous 12th chapter with “Let us run with perseverance...” The author uses a running race metaphorically to talk about life following Christ. Sometimes what is needed is simply perseverance. One foot in front of the other. Just keep running.

 I suspect you are like me and have had seasons in life with profound experiences of
seeing God at work. I suspect you are also like me, having experienced difficult or dry seasons. You know you are following Jesus, you are trying, it doesn’t seem so exciting and God seems distant. Maybe you even try things that have inspired you before, only to find nothing happens. What do we do in these desert times? One foot in front of the other. Keep running.

Whoever said that life in Jesus isn’t a sprint, but a long-distance run... was right. What will fuel us on our long journey? There are many things, but especially our community life- worship, companions, prayer, scripture, reflection. These things never sound glamorous. But over time, they help us put one foot in front of the other. “So run with perseverance the race that is set before you, looking to Jesus...”  
            See you soon
                     Pastor Dan

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