We are a church of runners. Several have participated in marathons. Others ran because they were being chased by the law. Others have run away from a bad marriage or ran from assuming the responsibilities of life. Whether you are running for positive or negative reasons, there is a limit to how far and how hard you can run. Runners all know that but still they push themselves to exceed the previous limit.


A common injury among runners, athletes and baby boomers pursuing fitness is the common stress fracture.


Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. They’re caused by repetitive force, often from overuse — such as repeatedly jumping up and down or running long distances. Stress fractures can also develop from normal use of a bone that’s weakened by a condition such as osteoporosis.

Stress fractures are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Track and field athletes and military recruits who carry heavy packs over long distances are at highest risk, but anyone can sustain a stress fracture. If you start a new exercise program, for example, you might develop stress fractures if you do too much too soon.[1]


The stress fracture is a great analogy for other things in our life. How has repetitious burden bearing over the long haul affected our relationships? Think about the stress fractures in your own family. How has family life injured you causing you to walk with a limp?


Over the next few weeks we are going to talk about family stress fractures. Like the physiological bone fracture, there are therapeutic practices to let your bones heal and be strengthened for future loads.



How has your family caused you pain in your walk? Will you always walk with that limp or can you be rehabilitated and strengthened? Can you learn better ways to run to prevent further injury?


I think we need to know better how to bring healing to our families.


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