“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Running a marathon is no easy task. It is a grueling physical and mental challenge. There is a tremendous pride to be found in those who complete the 26.2 miles challenge. When Jessica Robertson set out to run her first marathon at the age of 30 she knew it would not be accomplished without a struggle.

Jessica Robertson entered the Pittsburg Marathon. When the race began, Jessica ran with all her might. The other runners quickly moved out in front of Jessica and before long she found herself last in the pack of the runners. Although she was well on her way to completing the marathon, being last was not her desire.

It was not long into the run when Robertson began feeling the pressure of the race. She was feeling defeated. That was when she realized that she was not alone, after all. Laura Mazur had been just ahead of Jessica Robertson. Laura Mazur was worried she was last in the race. When she turned around to see Jessica she realized that the two were better together than as adversaries. Mazur approached Robertson and said, “I will stay with you, if you will stay with me.”

For the next several miles the two runners encouraged each other. They pushed each other as they took one step after another. As they ran the crowds cheered them on. Nearing the finish line, the two new acquaintances joined hands and made a dash for the end. They finished the race, an accomplishment that may not have happened were it not for the support of one another.

Our adventure of life is one that is filled with challenges. Each day brings us physical and mental struggles. Alone, we often find ourselves at the back of the pack, wondering if we will finish the race. With the help of others, we can finish the race and finish strong. Who do you run the race with? Who is with you to encourage you? Who do you encourage and help push to the finish? If we run together, if we support one another we can accomplish a great many things.

Rev. Keith King, Online Campus Pastor, St. Luke's UMC