xxxi. Signs and Wonders - Running


Running:

Comes from Old English rinnan, of ancient Germanic origin.

1500 Metres

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.

Jeff Guess

Reflection:

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?"

COPYRIGHT 2006 Midwest Book Review

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

Prayer:

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.

Amen.

©Jeff Guess 2017

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