Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the writer talks about the Christian faith as a race. For those of us who are runners, this image makes sense. For those of us who are not, the image doesn’t conjure up as much. My husband is a runner. He has explained to me countless times what he does to train. He starts off running just a few miles. Then he builds up to a few more, and so on and so on. He doesn’t start off the first day running a half marathon because if he did, he would get tired and probably not finish the race. The Christian faith is similar. We start off small by taking on a spiritual practice like prayer. We work our way up to praying more and becoming better at it (more centered). Then it becomes natural for us. Everything in our lives that we are good at usually takes a great deal of practice.
Open our hearts to your power moving
around us and between us and within us,
until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy,
in communities transformed by justice and compassion,
and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.
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