Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you." - 2 Chronicles 20:12

I am holding onto these words tightly today.

Yesterday, when a friend told me about the Boston Marathon, it was like someone sticking a knife straight to my heart. This last year has been so freeing for me, and one of the keys to that freedom is running.

When I think about the running community and what happened yesterday it just makes me so sad. Runners are kind, compassionate, and so loving. When we see each other on race day, we smile at one another because we know the battles we've done to get to that day.

And every runner, no matter how little or far the distance they run, knows about Boston.

Boston is where the warriors of our tribe go to do battle. It is the race to run.

When I think about the community of runners, I think of them in terms of a tribe. Tribal members look out for one another. I also think about Jesus when I think about running because I see Him so often in runners and some of them don't even know it. The correlation between the two analogies is that both are helpers of the highest kind.

Yesterday was not the first time I've seen my people help one another after a race.

And it won't be the last. 

From something that was so awful, I keep seeing so much good. And I'm holding onto the good. I'm holding onto my people and to the love they so selflessly showed others.

I can't run today because I've got to study for finals. So I am going to do what I can. I've got one of my race shirts on and I am looking more forward than ever to run a race this weekend.

I'm praying for the victims, for my people, for the helpers, for Boston, and for our country.

And I'm gonna wear yellow and blue for Boston.

Happy Tuesday.


Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I am barely a runner--not like a marathoner...and I honestly was so gutted yesterday. Seeing people, just a few feet from finishing...being taken down by debris. To know how hard, how many months they trained to get there--it sent me into hysterics yesterday. So unfair to take the pride of race day away from so many. I'm absolutely heartbroken.

The Pink Growl said...

Perfect verse for the tragedy!

Gina said...

I still haven't really dealt with it. Every so often I get back on and google to find out updates. My ankle is still really painful and every time it twinges I think of those runners who would love to have a sprained ankle instead of the injuries they received. It's simply not fair.

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