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Down To the Last Month

November 18, 2011

Today I got an e-mail re the Canberra Half Iron Man titled – “Down To the Last Month”. The e-mail included the following quote which I thinks links very well with this weeks Parsha, Chaya Sarah. The quote “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did” – Newt Gingrich

A Brief summary of the Parsha (From Chabad) – Sarah dies at age 127 and is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron, which Abraham purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred shekels of silver.

Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, is sent, laden with gifts, to Charan, to find a wife for Isaac. At the village well, Eliezer asks G d for a sign: when the maidens come to the well, he will ask for some water to drink; the woman who will offer to give his camels to drink as well, shall be the one destined for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and passes the “test.” Eliezer is invited to their home, where he repeats the story of the day’s events. Rebecca returns with Eliezer to the land of Canaan, where they encounter Isaac praying in the field. Isaac marries Rebecca, loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham takes a new wife, Keturah (Hagar) and fathers six additional sons, but Isaac is designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

The link between the quote above and the Parash is that tradition holds that Abraham underwent ten tests of faith, culminating in the binding of Isaac.  A source, offers an alternative view, teaching that the last test is the purchase of the Cave of Machpelah, which Abraham had to purchase for an exorbitant amount of money

If the offering of Isaac was indeed Abraham’s last test, then it should have been followed by a period of bliss unalloyed.  Instead, it is followed by the mention of Sarah’s death (Genesis 23:1-2) and, subsequent to that event, a curious account of how Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah as a burial plot for her.

Abraham did not question the fact that after returning home from the binding his son Isaac after the 10 tests? (Hard Work & Commitment), he found that his wife had passed away and then that he had to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a burial site. Abraham did not compain he just Persevered.

Heading to the last month of training I look back at all the hard training sessions I have done, but know that there is still alot of training left before heading to Canberra. I know I have just got to do the necessary training and Persevere.

Through out my training this year I have been very luck not to have suffered any major setbacks through injury and sickness. I have really enjoyed the training including waking up at crazy hours for long runs or Brick sessions. I have seen a great quote from Joe Friel that describes that I am not crazy in my training – “We workout daily not to be healthy but because we love it and can’t stop.”

Lets just hope I can stay health for the next month and have faith in both the hard work and perseverance to get me across the line. loren thanks for all the support.

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