My running group had a New Year’s Day run, even though the temperature was -5 degrees at the start.
Here is the devotional we shared together prior to our run.
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Today is the beginning of a new year. Recently I was reading in Mark’s gospel and I was struck by this opening sentence. It is the Beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ. Now that may not be so profound, because it is the start of the gospel. But on the other hand, there is no final statement in the book that says, the End of the gospel. Only the beginning is mentioned. This reflects our relationship as a reader of the Gospel and as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We have a beginning in our relationship with Jesus, but we don’t have a finish line. We are continually growing, running, moving, becoming the person Jesus created us to be. God is not finished with me yet. And that is truly Good News.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, in our relationship with you, we are closer to the starting line than the finish line. Throughout 2014 increase our trust in you, so that we can run, and leap and rejoice in your love for us. May our spirits hunger for you each day and may we find ways to serve you as we serve one another. Guide us as we run today, in Jesus name. AMEN
Afterwards, we enjoyed some pancakes and conversation.
How are you starting your New Year?
Reblogged this on The Liturgical Christianity Portal.
After I move to Chicago next year I’ll be looking for pointers to continue my exercise in cold weather!