My daughter, Laura, is due to deliver our second granddaughter the weekend of October 17/18 in Botswana. I am scheduled to run the Hersey Half-Marathon that same weekend. This is Laura’s second baby and my second race of this length. I have decided to dedicate my race to Laura. What better way to use that time than to pray for Laura, her husband Kagi, their daughter Anaya, and the precious baby.
As I think about the race and the birth, some comparisons come to mind:
- I know exactly when the race will begin and what is required for me to finish. Laura must be ready from now until the baby comes, which could be a month from now! Even though this is her second baby, there are plenty of unknowns. Anything can happen!
- We will both experience physical pain and exhaustion. Laura will probably experience much more!
- We will both need stamina, endurance, and physical strength to finish. Laura’s feat will more intense and she can’t quit!
- By God’s grace, we will both experience positive emotions. Researchers from the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University studied how marathon runners felt after they crossed the finish line and found striking similarities to childbirth.
- We will both feel a sense of accomplishment. However, my accomplishment pales in significance.
- I have been specifically training for this event since July. Laura has been pregnant since January.
- My race should last about 1.5 hours. Laura’s labor will probably last much longer.
- My race celebration will last a day. Our family will celebrate Laura’s accomplishment the rest of our lives!
So Laura, even though my event is wimpish compared to yours, I will do my best to run in solidarity with you. I pray that you experience God’s grace as you usher this wonderful new life into the world and into our family! May God protect you and your darling new daughter during birth and give you all the stamina, endurance and strength you need!