On Agony…

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In the Greek language there is a word for every thought, feeling and emotion, in the English language our direct way of speaking reduces some words to redundancy. One common English word that can find its roots in the Greek language is the word “Agony”. From breaking a bone to getting a splinter we often hear “this pain is agonizing!” or, “I’m in agony!”. The Greeks held the first Olympic games and the word they came up with to describe the pain each athlete experienced was called agonia (“a struggle for victory”). When the runner is deep into the last part of the race their muscles are burning, the finish line is in sight and the tension between athletes becomes tangible. This is agony. Maybe the pain we experience in life such as heartbreak, financial stress, familial tension, work deadlines, lines at the DMV etc., are just opportunities. Maybe all of the agonizing moments can help us make our way to the imperishable crown that waits for us at the finish-line. So as Paul tells us in 2 Timothy ‘lets fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith.’   

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