Shubaly is a man who, by the age of 32, had hit rock bottom after a life of drugs and alcohol. As he recounts, "I lived with one foot in the gutter and the other in the grave, facedown on the bar with both middle fingers in the air.”
One day, in a rage of desperation and self-disgust, he laced up his running shoes and just ran. It was just a couple of miles, but it felt good. So the next day he ran again. Soon he was running ten miles, then fifty. Before long he started to cut back on the drugs and drink because it was affecting his running performance and the even greater "high" he felt from running.
Shubaly's is a conversion story. The dark addictions of his life were overcome by the greater joy of giving himself to something pure and good.
This too is the invitation to stewardship. We offer ourselves to God. At first it may be in small ways, but it feels good. Heartened by a newfound joy we give again and in other ways. Soon we are in a flight of grace that we never want to end – a holy passion that is more beautiful than any we have ever had. We let go of whatever we had been desperately clinging to or fretting about or afraid of or enslaved by. We want God to have all of our lives and nothing satisfies us more than the goodness of God.
We are mailing out to registered parish members the annual renewal forms. As you return your completed renewal forms you will be “lacing up” our parish for something new and hopeful.
That’s a great image. Lace up, Nativity! God sets the course before us and if we set our spirits in motion God will help us to soar.
"They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint." (Isaiah 40:31).