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Again, it’s interesting how blog posts of the week can all tie in together, again including this word, race. One Bible verse that has become a special one since our son’s death is Hebrews 12:1-2:
Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I had never really thought much of this verse until our daughter was having her third open heart surgery and I was in the middle of reading Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. Our son Matthew had been in heaven several years by then, and even during Jessica’s surgery, he was close in thought. I remembered how much time he spent with us during her first two surgeries. As I read Heaven, I really believe God revealed to me that Matthew knew what was going on – that possibly he was and is part of the cloud of witnesses, cheering us on to run our race . . . getting a peek through the heavens. Matthew’s race was completed, but ours is not, and thankfully, Jessica’s has not ended on earth either!
We certainly need the encouragements from each other, yes, this cloud of witnesses, and most of all, from God, to keep on course and continue on the race for Him. Galatians 6:9 is also a favorite verse and painted across one of my kitchen walls:
Let us not lose heart in doing good,
for in due time we will reap
if we do not grow weary.
So what might the Father be telling us?
I am beside you along the whole race.
I will never leaving you during the race,
even when you fall down.
You will see Me in Person,
at the end of your race,
but you are not
to cross the finish line yet.
let Me be your Leader
in the race.
“Woman, Just Believe Me”
Combining two meme’s today –
31 Days for this month and
Joining Lisa-Jo and her Five Minute Friday.
” five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right “