Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.
We welcome our guest blogger, Kathy Szymanski, whose story is presented here in three parts so that we can absorb the full measure of her teaching on life as a marathon. This amazing woman is a cradle Catholic, wife, mother of 7 ages 8-32, and grandmother to 6 who lives in Minnesota. A former missionary and homeschooler, she is now a life coach, marathon runner and writer of inspirational fiction. For ten years she has had neck and throat cancer, has a tracheotomy and is physically unable to speak. She proclaims, “Joy! A wonderful thing! I’m all for it! The only true lasting joy is in the Lord!” She blogs at It's Your Life-It's Your Marathon.