xxxi. Signs and Wonders - Running
Comes from Old English rinnan, of ancient Germanic origin.
after a school sports carnival
This morning she’s like a cannon
from the starter’s gun
connected to a long string
of endless laps
on Autumn afternoons
and now there’s only three left
less than an angel’s flight
with her on practised wings
spectators sink into her speed
blurred distance cuts them
mown by her eyes
to the short turf of the track
now she runs alone
seagulls shape at her back
but she leads the flock
to an old trick of standing still
allowing the finishing line
to move instead to her
holding something like a record
and bearing ribbons and a trophy
in its wake
and long fingers.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary edition, Are You Running With Me, Jesus? by ordained Episcopalian priest Malcolm Boyd is a groundbreaking treasury. Daring to break with the formal patterns of the era, Boyd's prayers are in a conversational tone, centered upon Jesus Christ Jesus as a compassionate Saviour to whom one can pray about anything, lofty or trivial. A true devotional classic, highly recommended for all Christians. "When a mind is closed and communication has ceased, how may a person be reached? If one's heart has never learned to love, or has stopped loving, how may the heart be taught, Jesus?"
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Reading: Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! KJV
An Athlete’s Prayer:
I thank you O God
for giving me a body
which is fit and strong,
and for making me able to use it well.
In my training,
help me never to shrink from the discipline which I know that I need
and that I ought to accept.
In my leisure and in my pleasure,
help me never to allow myself any indulgence
which would make me less fit than I ought to be.
When I compete with others,
help me, win or lose, to play fair.
When I win,
keep me from boasting;
When I lose,
keep me from making excuses.
Keep me from being conceited when I succeed,
and from being sulky when I fail.
And help me always with good will
congratulate a better man who beat me.
Help me so to live
that I will always have a healthy body, and a healthy mind.
This I ask for Your love's sake.
©Jeff Guess 2017