The Chicago Marathon – More than a Race!

I am running the Chicago Marathon tomorrow morning! The date is 10/12/14. When I think back to all that has happened in my life these past 2 years, it truly is hard to even believe I am still standing…but, by the grace of God, I am what I am. I have learned and continue to learn that in my weakness, He is strong.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am running tomorrow for a Pediatric Cancer Research Organization in honor of my son, Trey! Tomorrow is a special day because it is so personal to me. Tomorrow is way more than a run and way more than an event on my calendar. Tomorrow is another step in my journey of healing and another opportunity to keep pointing people to Christ through Trey’s story. I will be wearing my “Run for Trey” shirt, and I will be running as hard as I can, competing, I pray, with just a fraction of the endurance and strength Trey exhibited in his life!

It is hard to put into words the mixture of emotions I feel everyday, and it is impossible to put into words how much I miss my son. I do not know if he will be able to see me tomorrow, but I know this, he will be at the front of my mind. I will see his handsome face, his beautiful smile, his contagious laugh, his courageous spirit, and so much more. I will envision him waiting for me at the finish line, and I will imagine what it will feel like to wrap my arms around his neck and pick him up and hug him…and all of it will be a reminder that we will one day be reunited in the presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Any way, for everyone who is and has been with me in this journey, thank you. I have such tremendous family and friends…and I love you all!

So…here is to tomorrow…here is to a great race…here is to another step in the journey! I love you Trey, and tomorrow, I run for you buddy! I will see you soon!

I will leave you with a Scripture my oldest daughter sent me…one that is fitting for tomorrow:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race marked out for us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith.”

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