October 11, 2014 by Mary (her website, click here)
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
From Luke 13:22-30
As marathon time approaches, I recall my older son’s effort last year. My husband and I are not athletes. Still, our son managed to acquire the very best of our gene pool in this regard. Though Mike has enjoyed participating in sports since his t-ball days, running is now a serious pursuit for him. He completed the 2013 Chicago Marathon within a very respectable time frame.
All of this reminiscing pushed me outdoors for a trek of my own. As I considered what my son has accomplished, I pushed myself to walk a bit more briskly and a bit farther. Once I established my pace, I attended to the beauty around me, my constant companion during these jaunts. The sky boasted an amazingly deep blue and the trees showed off their most vibrant colors. The spraying fountain which I pass near our village hall sparkled in the sunshine like an array of diamonds. “Thank you, for all of this!” I prayed.
It seems that my son and I embark upon very different journeys when we head outdoors. Mike attends to what his body tells him, while I tend to the things outside of me. We each do what we must to accomplish our goals, and we both feel very good in the end.
Unique demands accompany each of our journeys through this life. God asks only that we tend to these things as we can as best we can. This is all that is required.
Gracious God, thank you for your unique call to each one of us. Give us the generosity, wisdom and strength to answer as best we can. Make our efforts a blessing to all whom we meet along the way.
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