Once again, I had the privilege of praying at the start of the Race for the Cure in Little Rock, one of the biggest in country. Thanks to chairwoman Krisit Moody for asking and for doing such a fabulous job spearheading this year’s effort.
Every time I attend an event like Race for the Cure, or the Little Rock or Boston Marathon, I lament that we can’t keep a little more of that energy and enthusiasm and supportive spirit in our regular lives. It’s too bad we don’t spend more time cheering each other on. It’s a bummer that we take ourselves so seriously, instead of taking more time to laugh and be silly. It’s sad that we spend so much energy on what separates us, instead of uniting to solve problems that affect us all.
For all those who were involved in the Race this year and in past years, may we not relegate its spirit to one event a year, but put it to use in our daily lives. Walking with one another, cheering on those whose journey is difficult and knowing that we’re all in this together.
Here’s a copy of the prayer from this morning:
Creator God, whom we call by many names and worship in many different ways, today we gather as one community. A community of hope. A community that will draw strength for the journey from one another and from you, O God, maker of all things.
We come here from different places and for many different reasons. We come here to celebrate those who have survived. We come to honor those who continue the battle. And we come to remember those who have lost their lives. We come thankful for the lives and the witness of the women who have loved and inspired us. For those who show us what true courage is, for those who give us permission to cry, for those who never let us give up.
We thank you God, that we when things are beyond our control, we can put our faith and trust in you. But today, we can do more than pray. Today, we can do more than hope. Today we walk. Today we run. And as we go, may you lift us up on eagle’s wings. May we run and not grow weary. May we walk and not faint.
Give us the strength to continue the walk beyond today. To work toward the day that no child has to lose a mother, no husband has to lose a wife, no woman has to lose a sister or a friend. Be with us as we travel this road together.
In the name of the one who created and loves us all, Amen.