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26 Miles for 26 Lives

Posted Jan 03 2013 9:17am
I have been working on my goals for 2013 for a couple of days and I KNOW what my goals are, I am just having trouble putting them on paper. Not because I'm unsure of what I want to accomplish.....just that there are so MANY of them!

As I have been spending time thinking about the coming months, my mind keeps going back to the Newtown/Sandy Hook tragedy. Over Christmas, Ray and I talked about how horrible and sad Christmas must have been for the entire town. Of course, there will be a lot of sadness there for some time to come....but I kept thinking about how Christmas is always such a special time for kids, whether they celebrate December 25th as a Christian holiday or just a time for that fat guy in the red suit to bring gifts, most families with children in the US, celebrate this time in some way. How difficult it must have been for people in Newtown to celebrate with any sense of normalcy....which I'm sure a lot of parents tried to do for the sake of siblings and friends of the victims of the shooting. After all....life goes on for the families and friends of these 26 angels.

As you all know, I am running the Boston Marathon in April for the first time with Team Hole in the Wall. My very first marathon was run in memory of a little angel, Ginny Phillips.Each time I run a race, I run in memory of  Ginny and of so many children who have lost their lives to cancer and so many other diseases....and in memory of Paul Newman, the man who had a vision of a place where sick children can go to, "Raise a little hell." I know that some people might think that running is a strange way to honor lives lost, but it's just something that I feel I need to do. Of course, the running is only a small part of it, raising money for Camp is the REAL accomplishment.

When I run the Boston Marathon, I will run in honor of all of the people mentioned above, but also in memory of the 26 victims of Newtown. I have avoided reading too much about the individual people who were lost, because just hearing the general information was upsetting enough. Between now and April though, I plan to learn more about the people that I will be running in memory and in honor of.  I'm doing this because I REALLY want to honor these individuals.....not just a GROUP of victims, but each person, each life that was lost.....each ANGEL.

As I'm running the 26.2 miles, I will shed some tears for these victims and pray for some measure of healing of the pain in the hearts of the families and friends left behind ....but I think that along with feeling sadness for these people, I will feel JOY and GRATITUDE...for so many blessings in my life. After all, I have a wonderful family, great friends, my health, the ability to run 26.2 miles and SO much more to be grateful and thank GOD for!

As tough as the training for and running Boston will be, I know that......

I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.  Phillipians 4:13

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