The Finish Line: A Poem

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

This young man, surrounded by medical personnel, crawled across the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Christians are also called to run a race with patience. His perseverance inspired this poem.


By James Rasbeary

January 22, 2010


A thousand runners started the race,

All together, they began the pace;

But as the long day wore ever on

More and more had quietly withdrawn;

The finish line they would not see,

They would not taste the victory

That only the finishers know

Whether they ran fast, or slow.


One man who boldly began the race

Struggled on as he pursued the chase;

But the miles began to take their toll

On his muscles, heart, lungs, and soul;

He watched as others fell away –

Beaten, broken, they could not stay;

On the sideline they sat and wept

While the young man took another step.


Failure offered her cold embrace,

If he would quit his stubborn race.

But on he pressed, despite the pain,

The finish line he would obtain.

To die while finishing the race

Would not be half as much disgrace;

Failure’s offer coldly disdained,

On his knees, the goal he attained.


The Lord ordained for me a race,

And many started to keep pace;

But as the years have worn away

Many of them have gone astray.

And the years take a heavy toll

On my mind, heart, body and soul.

Still, my own course I must complete –

Whether crawling, or on my feet.

About James Rasbeary

I am the pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Wylie, Texas. Check out my blog at
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4 Responses to The Finish Line: A Poem

  1. Patricia Rasbeary says:

    Beautiful poem James….I cried reading it…thanks for posting it

  2. Andrew Morris says:

    Excellent stuff Bro.

  3. Tori says:

    Trying to comment again on your blog, we’ll see.
    Loved the poem, really spoke to my heart. You are a very talented writer.

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