Marathon Report


We did it. 26.2 miles. And just as I suspected, it hurt as badly as last time.

I was a little disappointed with my time of 4:39 since I wanted to be under 4:30, but I’ll take what I can get.

But it was also a pretty emotional experience. Running in Memphis for St. Jude, the hospital that, in a round about way, saved my son’s life. It’s their research that has moved the survival rate of leukemia from 4% to somewhere around 95% for Joshua’s kind of cancer.

I think it’s pretty inevitable, too, while you’re on the course, to become reflective about life and about running as a metaphor for life. So I spent alot of time thinking about Joshua, about Gage, about James, who are living life with leukemia, running in their own 3 year marathon. And I spent some time thinking about kids like Joseph and Charlie who are with Jesus now.

And I thought about the fact that Jesus is making all things new, how He is in His time bringing about a new order, and how the old order will pass away someday. And in the new order, we won’t use words like cancer, or treatment, or chemotherapy.

Amen, come Lord Jesus.

Subscribe to

Never miss a new post. Subscribe to receive these posts in your inbox and to receive information about new discipleship resources.

You have successfully subscribed. Click here to download your bonus.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *