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Monday, April 26, 2010

And This Is How He Loves Us! - Team Hoyt

Yesterday I posted about being ruined by love.  If you didn't visit my blog yesterday, you can read about that here. Today I've been reflecting on the Father's love, and what that looks like.  I cannot think of a greater display of the Father's love than what is displayed by Team Hoyt.  Here is a little bit about this amazing Father/Son team: 

Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick's brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a "normal" life. This was just the beginning of Dick and Judy's quest for Rick's inclusion in community, sports, education and one day, the workplace.
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In 1975, at the age of 13, Rick was finally admitted into public school. After high school, Rick attended Boston University, and he graduated with a degree in Special Education in 1993. Dick retired in 1995 as a Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard, after serving his country for 37 years.In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."
This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days. 
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Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, "The thing I'd most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once."
The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt's 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race. Dick Hoyt hopes that he is able to push Rick in the Boston Marathon when he is 70 years old (2011)! Neither Dick or Rick are ready to retire yet.
Please take a few moments and watch this compelling video.  It will change your life and give you a deeper understanding of the heart of the Father towards you.

When I watch this video, I see a correlation of God's relationship with me.  He carries me, He pulls me along, He pushes me when I don't have the strength to continue.
  • When I can't, He can.
  • When I am weak, He is strong.
  • When I feel disabled, He is able.
    Allow His love to pour over you today!