Please pray for Boston...

I sat stunned. Stunned. Another attack. It wasn't in a foreign country, or some far off building. It was an attack at a sporting event... and a sport that I hold dear... running.

Running is my time with God. Running is a part of my identity.

In an attempt to gather information abut the attack I came across an article written by Bonnie D. Ford... a contributor to ESPN... one paragraph she wrote reached out and grabbed me. It - in part - is why I love running...

'Marathons, more than any other event I've covered in 20 years' worth of international sports experience, are a celebration of a range of achievement, not just the top percentile. The amateurs run in the footsteps of the elite. The pride is palpable from the front ranks all the way to the back. The massed color and movement at the start are an impressionist painting of accomplishment. Because -- honestly -- most normal folks would tell you that getting there is achievement enough. The training they invest and the self-belief they develop in the process are worth it, no matter how long it takes them to finish.'

I invite you to read the rest of this article here. And don't forget to pray for those in Boston and runners around the world who will no doubt do what I did this morning - in order to process this whole event. 

Go for a run.

All dogs go to heaven....

A friend of mine recently lost his dog....  though I have never thought of myself as a 'crazy' pet person but as I look back upon my life I can say I have been emotional about every pet that I have lost.  (Except one cat - but that's a different story.)

With his loss in mind and perhaps for you if you have ever lost a pet I present this...

 "The Rainbow Bridge"

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. 
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. 

Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. 

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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