by Velma Amundson
My husband based his sermon this morning on Philippians 3:13-14
“…But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
In his sermon, he told the story of a Special Olympics race where one of the contestants fell. When the other racers realized what had happened, they all stopped, went back and picked up their companion, held hands and walked to the finish line together.
I can not run this race alone by myself. Neither can you. No matter how hard we strive we can’t do it alone. First, of course, we need Christ. We need his forgiveness, yes, but we also need his strength. The old song says it, “Leaning on Jesus”. Another thing we need is each other. There are times when we are weak, perhaps with a burden, or a temptation. I know that I feel that way sometimes. And I have to confess to God, “I can’t do this right now.” He always sends someone to help.
We all know others who are struggling, perhaps with health problems, financial, temptations. We need to reach out to them and let them know they are not alone in this race. We are commanded to pray for each other. God knew we couldn’t do it alone. So, I pray that God will bless and strengthen you in whatever struggles you may have. I think we need to be like that Special Olympics team, we need to hold each other’s hands as we race together to the finish line.