In Touch June 3, 2011
Posted on June 3, 2011 by under Touché,

The Missional Mile

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrew 12:1)

It used to be that a 5K run was a walk in the park for me, but that is no longer true.  With aching Achilles and constricting calf muscles a 5K is a challenge, but I will be out there on Saturday because I am so happy that HRC is sponsoring a run that celebrates health and wellness.  ChristCare groups are all called to missional service and our health and wellness group decided that it would be missional to sponsor a three mile run.  It celebrates the holy and the wholeness of God’s wonderful creation of our bodies.

I have ridden the rail trail a number of times already and I actually wanted to write our County Executive and thank him for making this happen in Dutchess County.  It is a spiritual addition to the quality of life in our county.  As we get outside in God’s creation and flex the muscles that God has given us, it reminds us of the beauty of the earth.  Our sore muscles will remind us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139).

Our verse from Hebrews calls us to another celebration this weekend, Confirmation.  Fifteen young people will stand and confess Christ as their Lord and Savior.  They join the great cloud of witnesses that have confessed Christ through the ages.  We celebrate the communion of the saints on Sunday with the reminder that God has used ordinary people through the ages to change the world.  This group of fifteen join in that race and we cheer them on.

So I hope that you come out to run or cheer on Saturday.  I hope you stand to cheer those joining the race on Sunday.  It is the work of God on the rail trail and on the spiritual trail in the life of these young people.  I will have sore muscles on Sunday, but a joyful heart.

Thanks be to God!