Persistence Comes in Many Forms

running shoesFriday, October 14, 2016

Luke 18:1-18

It’s race weekend in Des Moines. Thousands of runners are coming to our city this weekend to participate in the Des Moines Marathon. Marathon. That’s a scary word. For me, and many like me, running a portion of the race is just enough to soak up the cool, crisp, and athletic atmosphere.

I do not consider myself a “runner.” I don’t really enjoy the act of running, yet I have finished many 5k races, triathlons, mud runs, and even a half-marathon. I enjoy the people I run with. I treasure the end result of feeling strong and participating with my community. I am in awe of those who commit to running a full marathon. The persistence, discipline, and time it takes to train for a full marathon is immense.

That’s the thing about persistence; it’s supposed to be overwhelming. Persistence in itself is the annoying bug that keeps you going. This week’s Gospel lesson is the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18: 1-8). Through this lesson, Jesus teaches his disciples to “pray and not lose heart.” The encouragement to continue to pray, to keep strong in their beliefs is exactly what the disciples needed to hear. Whether it’s endurance of your spirit through prayer, or endurance of your body, let your strength come from Jesus.

Best of luck to all the runners this weekend, we have many participating from Faith! Let us all remember that Jesus gives us perseverance in our faith, against all odds - even through all 26.2 miles.

Andrea Stone
Co-Director Children & Family Ministry