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August 21

Starting Line
I always wanted to argue with my coach when he made the lineman run laps around the track during off season. I mean, the farthest I ever ran was two feet to hit the lineman in front of me. I knew better than to argue, but that didn’t keep me from muttering. What really made the runs tough, is coach strapped a rope on our shoulders and made us drag a tire behind us while we ran. “Just one lap,” he’d say, “you can do it Wilson,” then he’d blow that blasted whistle of his and we’d start.

I was no speed demon. Believe me, if the team was counting on me to chase someone down and tackle him, they’re were in trouble. I never could run fast, just long and hard in the same spot. I don’t think coach was trying to make me into a track star, I’m sure the exercise was designed to build our strength and endurance, and I suppose it did. By mid season, when other players got injured, I’d have to play offense, defense and special teams. Some games I never stepped off the field.


August 21

MORE ABOUT JESUSEliza E. Hewitt, 1851–1920
  I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10, 11)

The Christian gospel is thrilling to contemplate. It is so simple that even a small child can understand and respond to its basic message—the necessity of placing one’s implicit faith in Christ. But, on the other hand, it is so profound that a lifetime is far too brief to fully comprehend it, since its message is really a person—a growing knowledge and relationship to the eternal Son ofGod.

The author of this hymn text, Eliza Edmunds Hewitt, was an invalid for an extended period of her life. Out of this experience she developed an intimate relationship with God and the Scriptures and a desire to share her feelings with others through writing. She became a prolific author of children’s poetry and Sunday school lite…