Plod Along As Best You Can

And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south…

From Luke 13:29

A few weeks ago, runners from everywhere ran the Chicago Marathon. My son Mike did the same five years ago and my niece did so some years before that. Because I’m not an athlete, I feel especially honored to share my gene pool with these two. Thoughts of their accomplishments have kept me on track as of late. Though I prefer walking outdoors, I jog in place for a few minutes during every hour when my writing has kept me at my keyboard for too long.

The other day, when those indoor jogs weren’t enough, I abandoned my writing for an hour. Once outdoors, I pushed myself to walk a bit more briskly and a bit farther than usual. Once I established my pace, I attended to autumn’s beauty which surrounded me. The sky above boasted a beautiful deep blue over the trees which showed their vibrant colors. The spraying fountain I passed near our village hall sparkled in the sunshine like an array of diamonds. “Thank you, for all of this!” I prayed.

You know, we all embark upon very different journeys along our way. While serious runners remain attuned to what their bodies tell them along the way, I tend to the things outside of me. We all do what is necessary to accomplish our goals. In my case, a bit of exercise in the midst of God’s handiwork is just what I need to get to where I need to be.

All of our journeys bring unique demands. All God asks is that we tend to these things as best we can. God will see to the rest.

Gracious God, thank you for running and walking with us wherever we are.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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About Pace…

And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south…

From Luke 13:29

A young woman I know ran the Chicago Marathon a few weeks ago. My son Mike did the same three years ago and my niece did so years before that. I’m not an athlete and I feel honored to know three people who’ve accomplished this awesome feat.

The other day, thoughts of these marathon runners nudged me out the door for a trek of my own. As I considered what they have accomplished, I pushed myself to walk a bit more briskly and a bit farther. Once I established my pace, I attended to the beauty around me which is my constant companion during these jaunts. The sky boasted an amazingly deep blue and the trees showed off their vibrant colors. The spraying fountain which I passed near our village hall sparkled in the sunshine like an array of diamonds. “Thank you, for all of this!” I prayed.

You know, these runners and I embark upon very different journeys when we head outdoors. While they attend to what their bodies tell them along the way, I tend to the things outside of me. We each do what is necessary to accomplish our goals. In the end, all concerned feel very good about what we’ve done.

Each of our journeys through this life brings unique demands. All God asks is that we tend to these things as only we can as best we can. This is all that is asked of any of us.

Gracious God, thank you for your unique call to each of us. May our efforts be a blessing to all whom we meet along the way.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Judge Little and Love A Lot!

“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

From Luke 16:31

The most frustrating times of my career in education were the result of observing stubborn or mean-spirited adults who refused to do the right thing: A teacher who simply wouldn’t admit an error; a principal who refused to back a teacher whom she didn’t much care for; a lunch monitor who exhibited an attitude toward “those” kids; a custodian who took his time when certain teachers called for help. This list, which goes on and on, exists in just about every human institution. As our school secretary used to say, “Jesus himself could show them different and they’d still act that way!”

Luke’s gospel tells us that a hungry homeless man, covered with sores, died on a rich man’s doorstep because the man simply didn’t notice him. It seems to me that this story challenges us to respond differently to those around us. Today, God asks us to take notice of those above us, those below us and those who walk at our sides. “Take notice, and take care of them all,” God says.

Patient God, I sometimes judge those I encounter in spite of knowing that you have given them to me to love. Please help me to see each one with your loving eyes and to respond to each one with your loving heart.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved