Peggy Uhle was preparing for her flight from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. She had stored her bag and turned her phone off. Her Southwest flight was moving across the tarmac when suddenly the plane turned and began to return to the gate. The passengers were confused. No one knew what was going on, including Peggy.
On April 17th, 2017, Katherine Switzer finished the Boston Marathon in 4:44. What is simply amazing is this was 50 years after being the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, with a time of 4:24. She is now 70-years-old. There were those who tried to make her first run impossible, but she persevered, kept her eyes on her goal and completed the race in heroic fashion. When Katherine finished her first race, there were those who celebrated and those who were angered by her accomplishment. When she finished this time, she was greeted by a great, cheering group, still amazed by her achievement.
Jim McEllrath is a true legend in car racing. He competed in over 160 races; finishing in the top five 47 times. He competed in the Indy 500 fifteen times – That is 7,500 miles on one track alone. His racing career covered five decades, starting in 1945. Jim McElreath was a strong competitor both on and off the race track.
Sometimes we can hear God’s voice very clearly; sometimes we feel like we have gone our entire lives without hearing a single word from Him. Could it be that we must learn to hear God’s voice? Could it be that He speaks to us in different ways, and that part of our faith journey is learning to recognize the many ways He communicates with us?
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
John 12:27 – 29
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2: 9-10
We all need second chances. During this sermon series, Racing to the Flag, I have been thinking about many of my past driving adventures. I enjoy driving. I consider myself a pretty good driver.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. I love to cook. While I am in no way professionally trained, I enjoy trying new flavor combinations, foods, and pairings. It’s my creative outlet.
Have you ever heard of a criterium race? Until a few years ago, I sure hadn’t! A criterium or “crit” is a bicycle race that consists of several laps around a closed circuit, with the length of each lap typically ranging from one to two kilometers. Since they’re relatively short in bike race terms, crit races can be quite intense and are always fast!
As a 19-year-old college student, I had a less than perfect driving record. One day while leaving work a co-worker offered me a cupcake for her birthday; I politely accepted, stuck it in a bowl and headed out the door. While getting in my car I realized I had no good place to put it, I noticed my dash board was flat, so I stuck it there and headed back to my house. I pulled up to the stop light waiting for the light to turn; my phone rang, I put it on speaker phone, and was chatting away- like any 19-year-old girl. The green arrow finally appeared. I started to turn the corner to my street and the cupcake started to fall.