ORANGE! The color of Clemson Football!
I ran fast,
I was so focused on the task at hand,
I caught the ball.
Oh, what a relief.
The challenger came so quickly,
and I was overwhelmed.
I dropped the ball.
I am crushed.
I am down.
I feel defeated.
the game isn’t over
unless I stay down.
I rise again,
dust myself off.
Pushing aside the voice of distraction,
I focus on you
and the game goes on.
by Martha L Shaw – Copyright 2-2-2013
Since I already teased you with photographs of my first ever homemade bagels, I will now tease you with my first ever homemade pizza bagels from yesterday’s adventure:
Superbowl snacking, watching the game, writing, ah, Sunday night peace and restful fun. Feeling blessed.
A Patriots fan cheering for the 49ers for fun, but not entirely pationately STILL wants them to win. I, said fan, am enjoying my solitary party and treats as much as the commercials and game itself. While it is only halftime just now as I consider these things, one thing comes to mind. I already know what special memory will remain with me when this game is done. Surely that can only be the blessing of hearing children from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT singing as the game was about to begin . . . wow.
“[Sons of God] You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28 NIV
Just a quick review of the news makes me wonder about this verse from Galatians. Football player prays becomes story at 11. PEOPLE OPPOSE HIS VISIBLE FAITH. People mock him. No longer is the name Tim Tebow bringing to mind a g0od football player. In the minds of many he is being labeled as a fool. How unfair this is.
The mocking goes on to include faith filled candidates for president of the US and as some drop out of the election somehow this is played up as a victory in itself . . . not because the other candidates were better candidates, but because of open expressions of faith being mocked.
“neither Jew nor Greek” is another one. We constantly have a distorted view of acceptance in society and of “worth” as a whole based on color of skin, nation of origin, even which neighborhood a person lives in . . . “slave nor free” comes to mind as well. We will never be “one in Christ” until we stop being slaves to a society driven belief that we must set aside our own heart and soul and personal beliefs in favor of “going along with the crowd.”
Personally, I love Jesus. He lives in each of us and thus we must also love one another. Let’s look for Him in those we meet. I’m going to. Who is with me?