The Race by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


lhd_racePeople lined the rain soaked streets clapping and screaming “great job, you can do it”. As I ran passed them I would nod my head and say “Thanks, but really save it for the marathon runners. I am just part of the relay race.”  They would respond “Well, you’re still doing a great job!” There I was among the marathon runners that by this time had been running for 3 hours and had only 5 miles left to complete. It was honor to run among such determined people. However, I was fresh and knew I would only run for 1 hour. I was not in the same league but had the awesome experience to run with them.

I ran alone yet among many with my iPod on and the music helping me to keep pace. I noticed people struggling and felt compelled to encourage them in this feat. I would say “You are looking strong, hang in there!” Then as I neared the 23 mile marker I noticed more marathon runners on the side of the road stretching or taking a break in pain. I said “I will pray for your pain” to one person on the side of the bridge I was crossing and as I said this and they said “thank you” I felt chills all through my body. I prayed “God please help the person in the orange shirt and black shorts to ease their pain and help them finish.” Thoughts and emotions raced through my mind and suddenly I realized I wasn’t in this race to win anything but to let people know that God was there and I felt God call me on a mission to pray for everyone who was injured, and there were many. As I would see a person in pain I would get their attention, make eye contact and say “I am praying for you now”. Then I saw a man about 30 years old with his ear plugs from his iPod on and gestured to him. He removed the ear plugs and said “hey” I replied “what’s your name?” He said “Thad” and I said “Thad, I will pray for you right now!” A huge smile formed across his pain stricken face and the sensation of God’s presence was so great that I almost felt a jolt of chills hit my body.

Many times in life we are focused on what we believe is the goal and we disregard the true needs that surround us. I thought I was running a race with my friends, I was, but God called for me to be there to give encouragement, smiles, and God’s presence through my prayers to those in pain. Be aware, God has a direction for your life, let Him guide you and the feelings you will experience will outweigh any award that a race or this world could possibly hold.

Copyright 2010 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is a mother of four children and is married to the love of her life, Aaron. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She teaches theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

1 Comment

  1. Maman A Droit on

    There’ve been many times running I’ve started praying for strength-I think it’s awesome that you thought of praying for others! What a great idea!

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