Each soul runs a race

Whether fast or slow or in between,

Each simply must run to win;

Yet, no competition rises up

No threat  of losing, coming to a dead end,

And seeing only loss after sincere, honest efforts.

A strong arm stretches about the shoulders

Ready help and comfort at the side,

Constant warmth of steady encouragement.

In the atmosphere of God’s love,

Each breath of peace drawn

Becomes a breath of faith experienced,

A narrow road leads from the small gate entered freely one by one.

Many footsteps of individuality, all uniquely set

Hills and mountains to climb,

Valleys and fields to cover, 

Rivers to cross, seas to travel

And always wilderness deserts to seemingly wander.

In this race of true peace

Many small victories, many forgotten earthly defeats;

People loved, people forgiven

As the power of faith endures,

Supernatural strength always wins the new day.

The Kingdom crowds all wait to cheer at the finish

Joyful embraces, brightest victory banners

Heartfelt celebrations of your finest victory

As each one highly honored.

True joy has only grown in completion with each step closer,

Each leap of gladness into the waiting arms

Even the radiant King of Heaven and Earth who greets each soul,

The fire and zeal of your victory seen from the very beginning,

Already completely settled within His eyes.   


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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