‘Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.’ (Collect for the 18th Sunday after Trinity)
Sometimes it feels difficult to 'forsake that which lies behind', to leave the past and reach out for the future. This can only be achieved by an act of faith. Faith that, whatever the future holds, it will be better and more worthwhile than that which we leave behind. Faith can be many things, but it is always filled with hope, the hope of a bright tomorrow and a good life and eventually of everlasting joy. Sometimes this hope seems far off, but nevertheless it urges us to press on, to 'run the way of your commandments and win the crown', as if we were sprinters in one mighty, God-inspired race, where life with God forever is the ultimate prize and in which everyone can be a winner!