How we thank You Father for the many and varied examples of men and women who successfully entered the race of life and completed the course that was laid out for their life, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the great cloud of witnesses in the Word of God and throughout the ages who have finished their journey through life.. having run the race that was set before them, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of their faith.
May we remain stedfast to the end of our lives and live the way that You would have us to live, knowing that we are fashioned in Your image and likeness and born again as a new creation in Christ. Help us to "keep on keeping on" unto our life's end, no matter what struggles and difficulties may ensue. When we stumble we ask Lord, that You would be there to pick us up, when sadness strikes at our hearts.. that You would be there to comfort and calm. When clouds of doubt blacken the perspective of our heart may the sunshine of Your love break through and reveal Your every smiling face of love and when through disobedience or disinterest we stray from the path of righteousness, would You lead us through the valley of humility and gently lead us back into the way of truth.
Thank You Lord that You have promised to finish the good work that You have started in each of our lives. May we therefore arrive at the finishing post having steadfastly run the race that You set before us may we all hear Your precious words from Jesus,"well done good and faithful servant," in Whose name we pray,