Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Respect

Respect for the Runners

Luke 6:31 & Matthew 7:12
Today, if you haven't already heard, is the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon. While I am not a runner, I have much respect for those that pile in at the start line; who have trained with determination to get to where they are. I know of people and have family members that sign-up and run races. I see their determination to train and their will power to cross the finish line. I think it takes a lot for a person to race an entire race, no matter half marathon, full, or whatever they are competing in. 

"Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you." Luke 6:30&31

Tragedy Strikes

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April 15th, 2013 - most of us don't need reminding of the tragic events that were unveiled on this day in our history. Two terrorists tried to take away the American Spirit by attacking the 2013 Boston Marathon. According to Wiki "it was the 117th edition of the mass-participation marathon. Organized by the Boston Athletic Association, it was the second of the World Marathon Majors series to be held in 2013. Over 23,000 runners participated (Wikipedia, 2014).

"Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span. It's the sprint. The marathon is hope." Mike Huckabee (BrainyQuotes, 2014)

Boston Strong

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What terrorists don't realize is that when they attack the American Spirit, they might knock US down, but we get up STRONGER. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the survivors participating in the race today. Talking to my cousin over the weekend who is from Massachusetts, she was informing me how many celebrities were also participating in this years Boston Marathon.

"I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon." Haruki Murakami (BrainyQuotes, 2014)

Today, I am sure emotions will be strong. Many people are re-entering the competition that were there last year during the bombings that took place. I commend those that are running today, especially those that are persevering through their pain. I commend those that are running to prove the message of the American Spirit. I commend those that are running today. May God bless you as you cross the finish line.