And if tonight's race brings in the new year, then this morning's run was the perfect send-off to 2011. With bright sunshine and 50 degrees, the Salem Lake loop provided for an excellent time of reflection on the many blessings of the past 364 days. From stronger small group relationships and deeper spiritual growth, (thanks to the wonderful teaching pastors at ROCC), to awesome family adventures and milestones, (celebrating the first twenty years with my best friend was a highlight), to the personally gratifying running related accomplishments, (most thankful for a consistent, injury-free year). A blessed year indeed.
So, whether you have the opportunity to lace up the shoes at midnight, or you are celebrating in some other manner, here's wishing everyone a wonderful start to this new year. May there be joy in our journeys and may our passions continue to find purpose. God bless.
'Today is the day (year) that the Lord has made.
Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.'
- Psalm 118:24