August 18th E-votional

There have been some great stories to come out of the Olympics.  Some stories are about amazing feats of athleticism (hello, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles), some just make you shake your head (I’m looking at you Ryan Lochte).  I don’t think you will find a more inspirational story than what happened this past Tuesday.

In the middle of the women’s 5000 meter (or 5K), everyone was still close together.  The pack seemed to move as one.  Then tragedy struck.  Abbey D’Agostino, of the United States, and Nikki Hamblin, of New Zealand, collided.  It appeared to be slight at first, but it caused them both to go to the ground.  In a sport where seconds can make a difference, D’Agnostino got up and then helped Hamblin up.  They tentatively started running together, encouraging each other.  D’Agnostino was obviously injured (she had a torn ACL and meniscus) and stumbled.  This time Hamblin helped her up and stayed with her until it was clear that D’Agnostino was steady on her feet.

Both women finished the race.  They were the last two to finish, but the care they showed each other in picking one another up will be a memory many will not soon forget.  For me, this is a big part of what it means to be part of a faith family.  We are able to lean on Christ and we are able to lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ.  When one of us stumbles, someone is there to pick us up, to encourage us, to help us get back on our feet.  If we see somebody fall, we are there to selflessly do the same.  By leaning on one another, we can cross the finish line together.

Ecclesiastes 4:10  10 For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.

1 Thessalonians 5:11  11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

 

 

 

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