"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalms 107:1 NIV
My friend, Nancy, is a marathon runner. At last count, she has run over 40. It's hard for me to imagine anyone running 26 miles, but she has also run at least one ultra-marathon, which was 50 miles. At most, when my knees were healthy, I could run 6.5 miles. No matter how much I trained, that was it for me. I hit a wall and could not press through it. I lacked the endurance needed for the physical and mental challenge.
God has no such limitations; he endures forever. Can you imagine running a race from the beginning of time? Now that is an ultra-marathoner. The reason we have to give thanks? It is God’s love for us that is everlasting. When we stumble and fall, skinning our knees, God picks us up, brushes us off, and runs along with us. He has provided us with our running coach in the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the coach may tell us to slow down for that hill, pay attention to our breathing, and stay hydrated. He provides us with all the running tips and tools we need to endure and run our race well.
Almighty precious Father, we give thanks for your love. A love that is not fleeting but without end. We acknowledge our human frailty and admit we often fall. When that happens, you do not turn away but are there to pick us up. Please help us to endure and run the race you would have us run. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
How have you felt God's enduring and everlasting love? How has he helped you when you thought you could not endure?