Yesterday I covered 21 miles. I also had a chance to visit 3 beautiful churches in Walnut Creek, CA. I wrote down their names on a post-it note which I carried in my hand the whole run. I read each name as I run and said a prayer for the deceased. I repeated this quite a few times the whole time. Approaching the end of my run, I prayed the rosary.
A touching encounter happened to me when I arrived at St. Anne's Church at Mile 15.6. The route I ran to St. Anne's was hilly and I was starting to get tired at this point. Worse, I was getting thirstier; I forgot to bring my hydration to this run so I was always on the lookout for a water stop. However, since I ran on a trail, sometimes, there's no water stop for miles. Anyway, when I arrived at St. Anne's, I forgot all about my thirst and fatigue when I saw the beautiful church. I went around the grounds to look when a man came to greet me. He happened to be the pastor and read my "Praying Runner" shirt. He thanked me for what I was doing, and sensing that I came from afar, offered me water. I also asked for his blessing when he gave me 2 water bottles and I went on my way.
Living Water. John 4: 13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
|St. Stephen's Church in Walnut Creek, CA at Mile 7.6
|St. Anne's Church in Walnut Creek, CA at Mile 15.6
|St. Mary's Church in Walnut Creek, CA at Mile 20.6