Holy and Gracious God
We run to you, knowing that a great cloud of witnesses cheers us on.
We give you our losses and wins, our faults and virtues, our griefs and hopes.
Take our desire to reach our goals, and give us the desire to know you.
Give us now the desire to be found in you - your resurrection and also your death.
Help us to forget what is behind, to throw off everything that entangles and hinder us, and to run with perseverance the race you have marked out for us.
And provide us with that strength that when we face death, we may say with the Apostle Paul - I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. And may we receive the crown of righteousness given to all who long for Jesus' appearing.