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What Abbey Did

August 17, 2016

Did you see this in the Olympics? —

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino of the USA didn’t know each other and had never spoken before they stepped onto the track, both seeking a place in the final amid stiff competition.

With 4½ of the 12½ laps remaining, confusion struck. D’Agostino fell while running amid a pack of athletes, causing her to clip Hamblin, just ahead of her. The pair tumbled spectacularly. It was an ugly, disappointing mess.

Until something beautiful and uplifting, literally, happened.

“When I went down I was like ‘Why am I on the ground’ and suddenly there was this hand on my shoulder,” Hamblin said.

It was D’Agostino, who had stopped, and was lifting her rival to her feet. “Come on, get up,” the American was saying. “We have to finish this race.”  —

— Our New Testament book of Hebrews says, “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Last time you and I stumbled, and not just physically, someone picked us up. Someone said, “Come on, get up, we have to finish this race.” Who was that for you? Give thanks. If at all possible, contact that person and thank them today. Seriously.

Next time someone close to you stumbles, help them up and say, Come on, get up, we have to finish this race.” For real.

And by the grace of God, there shall come a time when we say with our old friend St. Paul, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2nd Timothy 4:7)

Somebody say Amen.

And then Come on, get up, we have to finish this race.”




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One Comment
  1. Amen! Another favorite verse! My Cloud of Witnesses are usually the unseen hands helping me up! My friend, who saw my need, emotionally, and gave me a new friendship in my Cherish; you helped me realize I may not have sent that Thank You and I owe some for the reunion weekend. I needed the nudge. I will help you limp along if you help me!!!


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