Good day to all, and may this day be joyful to all you.

I just got my motorcycle back from the shop. Wow, repairs are not cheap, but I have it back and am thankful for that. Just riding from the shop to my place was a pleasure. I really feel good when I am riding, I think it may be good therapy for me.

I read this today at the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society site – White Plains, NY – January 7, 2011 – Georgia Cleland, now 28, is the little girl who helped spawn an entire running for charity movement – the largest of its kind in the world. A leukemia patient at age 2, when the chance of survival was just 55 percent, today she ran her first half-marathon with Team In Training, the organization her father founded in her honor 23 years ago. She ran the Walt Disney World half-marathon. Thanks to her father Bruce Cleland’s imagination, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training has had a remarkable influence on the world of marathon running and on blood cancer research.

Twenty-three years ago, Bruce Cleland took the first step as the first marathoner-for-a-cause, as his daughter fought to survive leukemia.  His idea – to support leukemia research by raising money and running his first marathon with a team of friends — inspired a running movement that has touched many, many people. 540,000 runners have now followed in his footsteps and raised $1.2 billion dollars to fund cancer research through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

To read the complete story – http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/news/pressreleases/010712_inspired

Again I must say that I am so thankful to all of those who take time out of their busy lives, to help raise money for people they may not ever know.

To date, science offers no real definition for life, but from our human experience, nothing defines life better than death. Life is always a gift from one being to another, like an eternal flame that is passed along from one generation to the next. The six billion people we see in the world today bear the flame that God first kindled in Adam and Eve some 6,000 years ago.

It all arises from that single cell which involves two gametes (namely sperm and an egg) coming together and forming a single fertilized egg. The wonder of this new life is even more staggering when we perceive that a “Hannah” or a “Bobby,” may be a future singer or plumber or president that arise from that single cell.

In an adult, when any one of these trillions of cells turns rogue, the self-destruct button in that cell is frantically triggered (the programmed cell death response that is present in all cells). When the self-destruct machinery fails, just one rogue cell can—as a spreading cancer—threaten the life of the whole organism.

Just as cell life and cell death are important for maintaining the life of an organism, so the Bible tells us “that all things [yes, trials as well as joys] work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Just as an organism has life beyond the death of a single cell, so the life of the soul continues beyond bodily death. And just as the decision each cell makes to live or die decides the fate of the organism, the choice that we make in accepting or rejecting Christ determines our eternal life or death.

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