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Encouragement and Endurance

4 Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures. 5 May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude.

(Romans 15:4-5)

Encouragement and Endurance

Good Day Family,

One morning years ago, I was stopped by a marathon on the way to church. I thought I knew another route, but that one was also obstructed by those early morning runners. At first, I was frustrated and annoyed…until I started watching them cross the intersection.

Each one made their way on their own, but they weren’t alone. Along the route, volunteers were set up to pass out bottles of water, be on standby in case someone needed assistance, and…to cheer the runners on.

Some volunteers only stood along the path of the run to clap as runners passed them. I imagine, as I was positioned toward the end of the race, that there were a number of marathoners who were ready to give up. Someone had already crossed the finish line, so the rest did not have the opportunity to come in first.

Still, each runner had the opportunity to win their race. After all, most runners know their pace. They realize if they have no chance to place in the race. For most of them, the entire goal is to finish. We live a marathon.

Our challenge is to go the distance and finish following the route laid out by Jesus. It’s a hard road, with twists and turns, hills and valleys, impediments and distractions. We all need someone along the way with a word of encouragement.

You’re doing your best. It’s good. Keep going. Keep pressing. Don’t give up. Keep the faith. Be encouraged. Endure.

On the path,

Be well,

Pastor Cheryl

Let us encourage one another. Let us love our neighbor. Let us be the church.

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