God Our Father
1As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. 2Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God's throne.
3Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up.
Reflection: My daughter and I volunteered for a Park Run recently. It’s a weekly, timed 5km run in local parks. Our job was to follow behind the runners and help anyone who was left behind or struggling. We were following behind an older couple and a young man, when suddenly he turned around and begged me to go ahead of them. They were embarrassed that I was holding them up. “I can’t” I replied, “It’s my job to make sure you complete this run”. It made me think about the journey that I’m on. It has not always been easy. There have been times in my life where I
have wanted to give up and I’ve begged God to take me home. His reply was simply, “You have not completed the race I have set before you”.
Question: When you feel like giving up, know that God is there cheering you on. Do you feel that today?
Prayer: Lord, when we feel weary and unable to continue this journey, please spur us on. Please carry us when we are simply too weak. Amen.
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