Run the race with God, finish with joy

You can heal grief.

Our community was recently shocked and saddened by the tragic death of a teenager in an automobile accident. He was a fine young man, a super athlete and scholar, and a friend to my son. As I struggled to come to terms with this event, I was also praying to know that this young man's family would have the comfort they needed in the days ahead.

The boy's family was very much in my thought as I prepared to run in a Fourth of July race. One thing I really enjoy about running is the time it gives me to think without distractions. The morning of the race I decided to see more clearly that my power came from God—to see that just as a reflection has no ability independent of the original, so all my strength, endurance, and energy reflect God's power.

The race began, and I soon settled into my position behind all the other runners where it was nice and quiet. I was enjoying my run on that beautiful summer morning as I considered my oneness with the Father, reflecting His power. I also thought of the boy's mother. I thought about how she, in a sense, also had a course to run. While my course was 3.5 miles through a picturesque mountain town, the course before her was dealing with the loss of her son. And just as I was relying on God's power to finish my race, I realized that the strength to finish her course would also come directly from God.

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May 10, 1999

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