This Month's Promise

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”

- (Psalm 34:17)

Read: Hebrews 12: 1-3


"...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12: 1)

Sue had some fairly serious health problems. She suffered from a birth defect that had left a hole in one of the chambers in her heart. The births of her five children beginning with a difficult c-section, had taken their toll. She had surgery after surgery and had also put on weight for several years. She suffered almost constantly from undiagnosed pain. Interestingly, one of Sue’s dreams was to run a marathon and she was committed to it. She began by running very slowly in the pavement where they lived. Everyday she ran just a little farther than she had the day before. “When will I ever be able to run a mile ?”, she asked her husband Dennis. Soon she was running three miles! Then five! She registered to run in the St George Marathon. On the day of the marathon race, Dennis waited anxiously near the finish line for Sue to come in. The marathon had started five hours ago. The fast and strong runners had finished long ago. Dennis saw several injured runners transported past and he worriedly looked whether Sue was among them. There was no sign of Sue. Dennis began to panic. He drove directly up the race route almost two miles and there he spotted a small group running slowly. Sue was among them. She had been running for over five and a half hours! Dennis drove again and waited within a mile of the finish line. Now he could see Sue struggling, her pace slowed, she was staggering but she kept on moving. Finally she reached the finish line. “How did you make it?” people asked her as they congratulated her. She replied, “I had dreamed about this day for two years. I knew I would finish. This knowledge made me to confidently and even happily pick up my pace the last hundred yards to the finish line. Sue proved to be a extraordinary marathon runner!

Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Dear friends, let us not become weary while running our spiritual marathon. Let us look beyond and see our Savior standing at the finish line. With this knowledge let us run with perseverance, and confidence to attain the prize.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I face many obstacles while running the spiritual marathon. But let me not give up or lose my confidence. Instead let me fix my eyes on Jesus who stands at the finish line and run my race with perseverance eager to win the prize. Amen.