Guest post from Deanna Dunnavant:
I met Meg at church. We would pass in the halls and speak. Even when I didn't really know her, I wanted to know her. She was different and there was a joy that I was drawn to. God allowed our paths to cross when she accepted the preschool Sunday School director position that I had previously held. I was able to train her and then work side by side with her as I held a new position. We had so many great conversations. We talked about raising our kids, cooking, gardening, and running.
I have always felt like a failure when it comes to running. I told her that and she encouraged me and gave me sound advice. We talked of her races and I was in awe. She was nothing but humble. I would have never known about all of her running if I hadn't asked. She never talked about it. We talked about her chickens when she would bring eggs in for friends at church. She was so excited when Scott got her a pig for her birthday. She could not wait! :) We worked in a resource room upstairs at church and when she was out of the room, I would hear animal noises coming from her phone. I miss that sound terribly.
Every Sunday, I looked forward to our talks because we connected. Meg always made me feel joy. We were also able to work together on the children's choir Christmas play. I have never laughed so hard. We were able to share with one another while sitting through practices and realized we had so much in common. She was so genuine and listened to everything I said. After we finished, she told me that she was so glad we were able to spend that time together. A month later, she went to heaven.
Meg changed my life. Every morning I wake up and look at my husband and my 3 boys and I thank God for them. I look at life with a different perspective. Make every moment count. Meg was a great mom. She was always looking to do fun things with her kids and make them feel loved. I also wake up everyday and think of Meg and that overwhelming joy that I felt every time I was around her. I want that.
I, too have drawn closer to God. He is so good. And of course, I wake up everyday and try my very best to work out. When it gets hard, I think of Meg and hear her words of encouragement. She never made me feel like a failure. She wanted me to take small steps and keep on keeping on. I try to do that in exercise and in missing my friend. I am so grateful to God for crossing our paths. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of a memory that makes me smile. I can't wait to see her again one day.
Guest post from Kimberly Kidd:
I've never had the privilege to meet Meg, but wish I had. When I first heard of her tragedy while out running it broke my heart, because I too am a runner. It hit close to home. Thinking this could happen to me or anyone I know, it made me more aware during my runs and I began wearing brighter clothing. As time passed though, I began to ask myself - what was so different about Meg than many other runners who've been hit? Then I became more aware of Meg and her love for God and I knew that was it! That's what has set her apart and that love was bringing all of us together. I realize now that it's not my running that defines me, but how I run for God that defines me. Through Meg, this group of heroes, meeting Megs family, I run a bit closer to God and with a purpose. Hebrews 12:1
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Since January, thousands of lives have been impacted by the death of Meg Menzies. Many of us have been overwhelmed with sadness. But many of us have also found love and hope and encouragement at a time we needed it most. As we've learned more about who Meg was and accepted the call to share her legacy with the world, the stories of our lives have been forever changed. And we've seen lives around us change.
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