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Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)
TITLE: Coming Down the Home Stretch
By Barbara Mahler
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“Thanks,” I replied, “I’ll think about it again.”
My boss was responding to my telling him that I was considering discontinuing a class that I had begun eight weeks earlier. The course was intense, requiring eight hour weekly evening class attendance and at least that much time again in preparation for each session. I love learning and initially enjoyed the challenge.
Perhaps those who successfully accomplish this feat: work a full time job and spend their evenings and weekends studying and doing homework are much younger, better students or are more highly motivated. No matter. I admire them tremendously – more so because I now realize that I can’t do it.
Fear - fear of the unknown, along with fear of not being able to provide for myself in my later years has been my constant companion along the path I have been walking thus far. However, the recent, unforeseen and unexpected death of a close friend – who was exactly my age has caused me to take another look at the real meaning of “…the home stretch” for me.
Prayer, reflection and the words of music composed by Marty Haugen, “We Walk by Faith,” have all helped to provide me with a new direction – “…coming down the home stretch” with faith and confidence in the Lord.
"Help then, O Lord, our unbelief,
and may our faith abound;
to call on you when you are near.
and seek where you are found:
That when our life of faith is done
in realms of clearer light
We may behold you as you are
in full and endless sight.
We walk by faith, and not by sight:
No gracious words we hear
of him who spoke as none e'er spoke,
but we believe him near."
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