Sweat beads and falls, soaking everything

Lakeland 15 mile road race - held at Tyrrellsp...

Lakeland 15 mile road race – held at Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath on Sunday 14th August 2011 (Photo credit: Peter Mooney)

Breath comes painfully in short gasps

She knows he’s moving quickly

Yet it feels as if he is in slow motion

The end in sight and yet so far away

He’s been running so long now

His mind lost in the agony of each new step

Thoughts of giving up slip through his mind

As exhaustion clouds his entire being

What’s that he hears at the edge of his consciousness

A chanting sound, calling his name

Encouraging him to keep going

Reminding him he’s not alone

Energizing him as he crosses the finish line

His race well run, he enters his rest

Angela Masters Young c 2012


This “poem” (for lack of a better name) points out the need for encouragement from others.  Let’s face it, life is hard sometimes and there comes a time (or times) when we just don’t know if we can keep going.  We have used up all our resources, even though we cling to the Father and know He will provide.  Sometimes, the difference between going all the way successfully and dropping out of the race rests in a little encouragement from our fellow runners and those watching on the sidelines.  Communicating to others that they are appreciated and not alone may make the difference.  Have you encouraged someone today?

Hebrews 10:25
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.

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