Guest post from Julie Bowman:
When I learned of the passing of Meg, I immediately felt connected to her. Although I did not know her personally, I know some of the same people that she and Scott know. Meg and I are both mothers of three children. We both love God, our church, our families, and to RUN.
I prayed for this family and supported them by buying a t-shirt and proudly wearing it to races. In April – I ran the Ashland Railroad Run race. I had an injury at the time – so I could only run the 5K while most were running the 10K. It was the first race that my friend and I were not able to go to together so I was out there solo. Upon finishing, a police officer approached me on his bike and told me he liked my shirt. I was still trying to catch my breath – and then I put two and two together. I said, “Are you Scott?” And he said, “yes.” It was all I could do to contain my emotions and calm down from the run. I quickly prayed to God for strength and to bless this man for all he had been through. He introduced me to his mom, Gale, and then to Meg’s mom, Pam.
I had also learned a few days after Meg’s tragedy – that Pam had student taught under my mom some years ago. When I shared with Pam the connection – she threw her arms around me and I felt an immediate bond. Some people just know how to give a hug and she is one of them. We took a picture together and then it was time for Pam to line up for the 10k which she was running. Since that time, my mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer and is currently fighting to beat this battle. When I read the posts everyday from this group – I see that we are all on a journey…a journey that includes running, determination, perseverance, passion. I love the encouragement that I receive just from reading them and all the ways that we inspire and encourage each other to keep the faith; not just in running journeys but in all avenues of life. I use some of the inspirational quotes not just in running but in everyday situations.
I see the spirit of Meg everyday as folks are already planning the travel for the 2015 races! Meg’s legacy will live on in my heart – and hopefully in my feet – as we see how strong these bonds can stretch and be strengthened. Lifetime friendships are being made, relationships are growing, and the power and presence of giving and of God are being sown. I am recognizing in my own life that each day is a gift – and to treat each one with gratitude and thanksgiving . One day, we will all be reunited with Meg and one day we will all run our own marathon together. We will all run as one and we will all run Meg strong!
Has your life been impacted by the death of Meg Menzies. Please share your story.
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.
If your life has been impacted by Meg's death, I invite you to share your story at the link below. It's my hope our stories will bring comfort and maybe an occasional smile to the Menzies and Cross families who greatly miss Meg, especially so over this holiday season.
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