Have you ever felt “tight as a kite” with the wind forcing you high into the clouds? And then, suddenly, the string is cut loose and you quickly tumble to the grown?

That’s how the Greek word ἐκλυόμενοι (ek-loo’-o) pictures someone coming loose, unstrung, weak, feeble; faint, or growing weary.

It’s a key word picture describing the Lenten marathon:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not ‘come loose’, grow weary and give up.” Hebrews 12:3