Growing in Gratitude: A weekly series on “Daily Musings on Life Together”
The psalmist wrote, “Sing a joyful noise to the Beloved all peoples of the earth! Serve the Lord with a glad heart! Join hands in the great Dance of Life!” (from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying). Join me in this dance each Monday as I practice giving thanks for things big, small, tangible, and intangible. Feel free to count your blessings in the comments.
Now that the transitions of life have settled down a bit we started a jogging routine with the help of the “Get Running” app. Essentially it’s a guide like Couch to 5K. We have a goal set to be able to run in the Apple Festival 5K in October and slowly but surely we are working up to it. [smile]
After our run today, we sat on the back porch for a few moments of devotional and silent prayer. We started with reading from Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill. Psalm 1, the one we read today, seemed particularly appropriate for the state of post run bliss in which we were basking in at the moment. The psalmist writes:
Blessed are those who walk [or run] hand in hand with goodness, who stand beside virtue, who sit in the seat of truth; for their delight is in the Spirit of Love, and in Love’s heart they dwell day and night.
I’ve tried building a running routine before, but it never really took. This time running with Caleb I feel like its probably something I can stick with. Caleb ran cross country during high school, but to say I’ve never really been a fan of running is an understatement. Still working some exercise routine into our lives is a must and jogging has the added benefit of getting to know our neighborhood and our neighbors better. I’m learning to enjoy the process but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like cursing a blue streak while running up that final hill on our way back to our house. [smile] Tackling the task of running together is what’s been making all the difference. I love the quiet conversations that we can have during our running and having a running partner to push me through the last running interval or up that last hill makes each task a little more bearable.
Partnership is so essential to cultivating a rich spiritual life as well. Together with my family, with my friends, with Caleb, and with our church I am challenged to think more deeply and live into the questions that arise on the journey toward discovering who God is, who I am in relationship, and what is the call on my life. Running and walking together I am learning what it means to really be alive. What a blessing!
Today I am thankful for running partners.
What are you grateful for?
By way of a happy coincidence, my mom forwarded me this illustration by StoryPeople today. Hope you enjoy
Run Proud by StoryPeople