So we started off at 5:45 a.m. It was still dark outside but that's how I liked it. It will be a long journey of 20 miles for me so I wanted to be back before it gets sunny and warmer. It's going to be in the high 90's today. Nonetheless it was a beautiful day to go out and pray. I saw the break of dawn as I climbed up a hilly road. It reminded me of one saying, "The darkest hour is just before dawn." I run today to offer to God requests of prayers from friends and strangers alike. And the prayer requests are not for their own, but for their loved ones. Many healing stories happen because of the faith of the people who prayed for their sick. Dear God, I run today to represent the people who came to you to beg for your compassion for their sick. I run for them. But not I, Lord. But my faith. May it be pleasing to you O God.
For a friend's cousin undergoing chemo treatments for cancer of the uterus, for her twin cousins born with Down's Syndrome and one is undergoing surgery, for her fiance's sister-in-law who underwent brain surgery last year and has tumors in the abdomen, and who is 13 weeks pregnant. For my friend's wife diagnosed with cavernous hemangioma in the brain. For a friend's friend who has Stage 4 cancer. For a friend's sister whose disease has not been accurately diagnosed, but is similar to MS, for the last 20 years. For clynn78's friend's mom who has terminal brain cancer. For cam2run's former mother-in-law who has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). For a friend's mom who will undergo a cataract surgery. For my wife's friend who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer and will undergo matectomy on the 6th. For my wife's cousin who was recently diagnosed of breast cancer. For a friend's aunt who has dementia, and her brother who will undergo knee surgery. For my friend's young daughter who has Type II diabetes. For my friend suffering from arthritis. For my sister-in-law who was recently operated on for tumor-like cells. And finally for my friend Jim who ran with me today, his father has Stage 4 rectal cancer.
A runner, Sambehr from Thailand, is joining me in this prayer run. My dear readers, please pray for these people, too, whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a mother, a father, a student. Offer what you do for God's greater glory.
Continue to send me your prayer requests and I will offer them in prayer when I do my prayer runs. "I will not rest until I rest in Thee." This is what I give my life for since my wife died of metastatic breast cancer. Her story http://www.prayingrunner.com/2011/03/she-has-crossed-finish-line.html.
|Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Pittsburg CA at Mile 10.3|