Grateful for the race

Every April for the last 14 years, thousands of athletes have run around the hills of Nashville. Our church is an unnofficial “stage” of the event, providing music by our worship leaders for the passing runners and walkers. My first time to watch was three years ago, when my husband ran the half. He ran it again last year, and this year, he ran his first full marathon! To stand on the steps of our church,watching a never-ending stream of runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, is really inspiring. They just keep coming. For hours. What I find especially amazing is how many of them wave back at us, and even more amazing, the number of athletes who start smiling, raising their hand in worship and singing. Singing, after running about 8 or nine miles. Unbelievable, especially to this non-runner, but amazingly beautiful. The weather was truly awful this year–in the mid 50’s with  a steady rain and wind the entire race. It was unbelievable to watch these athletes run in the pouring rain. And pretty unbelievable to stand out in it to watch them:). My list for the week:

3 gifts close:

  • snuggling close with my little one, reading at bedtime
  • hands close to the earth, digging in, and smelling the new, spring-y smells of dirt and freshly cut grass
  • sweet daughter on her birthday, creeping closer every day to adulthood

3 gifts reflecting

  • almost full moon reflecting the light of the sun in the dark
  • fresh rain puddles reflecting blue skies
  • beauty of spring, reflecting the creativity of the Creator

3 gifts fragile

  • fragile blooms on my beautiful Bleeding Heart, and my dear son who thoughtfully protected it from the dog with a simple bamboo barriercropped bleeding heart
  • fragile hearts knit together by marriage
  • fragile relationships strengthened through prayer

A gift cloth, steel, wood:

  • cloth–a quilt given my a grandmother
  • steel–a sprinkler under the trampoline and three wet, happy, jumping childrenDSCN6966
  • wood–pews that hold the saints as we gather to worship

3 gifts moving:

  • Crowds of spectators, undeterred by rain and Boston, waving hands and flags, singing, and cheering on the athletes
  • worship team worshiping together and strengthening the passing  runners
    Worship team praying before the race begins

    Worship team praying before the race begins

     

  • 30,000 people walking, running or wheeling their way through the streets of Nashville. Well done, racers!
    First wheelchair athlete to pass us!

    First wheelchair athlete to pass us!

    Unknow athlete, raising his hands and singing along with us as he sloshes down the street

    Unknown athlete, raising his hands and singing along with us as he sloshes down the street

    My amazing husband, running his first full marathon!

    My amazing husband, running his first full marathon!

     

     

3 gifts ugly-beautiful:

  • inches of rain on race day–determination on the face of every runner
  • mess of the school room–being almost done with school!
  • not working for two weeks and watching the bank account shrink alarmingly–knowing God is our provider and resting in that knowlegde

3 gifts orange:

  • last of the orange pansiesDSCN7008
  • orange coreopsis against the purple salviacropped coreopsis and salvia
  • abundant carrot harvestcropped carrots
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