A Pastoral Word
It’s that time! As you know, I have been training for the SMA 5K run in August and now it is here! When I first started out, I thought this is easy, train 3 days a week but as I have learned, life happens. I have tried to get my 3 days a week in but some weeks, it just didn’t work out. But I am not giving up. On Saturday, August 14th, I am going to give it my best, which means Mike may have to drag me across the finish line but I am going to finish.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement. I loved seeing you drive by as I was running out on Weisenberger Mill Rd. You’d drive by, give me a wave and a smile and in that moment, I could feel your support. Each Sunday, during this journey, someone has stopped me and asked how far I was running yet? I would simply say, “I’m not sure but I am building up my time. I’m not where I need to be yet, but I’ll get there.”
And each time I would say that, it was a reminder to me that I have to run this race at my pace, not anyone else’s. There will be people who will finish probably before I even hit the halfway mark and that is okay.
This discipline of running really has been a wonderful growing experience for me, spiritually and personally. One day, when it all became too much, I had a sit down talk with Mike because I was worried about disappointing him, disappointing Sarah if I didn’t run the whole race. And he simply said, “I’m glad you are just doing the race. I’m glad that you are trying. I’m glad that you have said that you are going to finish.” And with those few words, the self imposed pressure was off and I remembered why I was doing and preparing for the race after all. I am doing it for my daughter. I am doing it for all the other angels who would never got the chance to sit up, to crawl, or to walk. I am doing it for all the other children who continue to live with SMA and show all of us how to appreciate the beauty and joy that makes up our lives.
Many of you have asked how you can help out or be a part of it. Well, the first way is to come out and join us on Saturday August 14th and be a part of Sarah’s Squad. Another way is that Mike and I are selling Sarah Squad t-shirts for $20 if you would like one. All proceeds go to Families of SMA. Another way is to keep me in your prayers that day and for other days to come.
PS-Mike and I will be on WLEX 18 on Thursday, August 12th during their noon time show promoting the walk and telling Sarah’s story. Tune in!