On this one there are some murderously steep hills, but I completed it before. Then again that was a number of years ago…
However some friends want to do it to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast which does amazing work and I’d love to help.
So Lent has started and I’m in training. I've already lost weight and had been trying to get the distance up a bit on the gym running machine anyway. Let’s give it a go.
As often happens my reading today throws up (by coincidence?) a verse, almost as if someone somewhere is having a friendly laugh.
‘I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.’ (Psalm119 v 32)
Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible, 176 verses. You’d have to be a ‘long- distance’ reader to do it in one sitting, but it’s good stuff, reflecting repeatedly on the benefits of learning and following God’s Word and Law.
I’ll never finish the physical run if I don’t submit to the discipline of training. The moral and spiritual discipline of ‘running’ within the parameters of the 'path' our Maker has set broadens our understanding, and liberates us from destructive choices to live well and live free.
Jesus said, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10 v 10)