To Mom

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October 22, is my mother’s seventy hmmm blah blah birthday. Not supposed to tell a woman’s age right? I and my family owe her a lot. Here are some wonderful things my mom has done for us.

  • Love of children. Mom just loves to play with kids. I do too. I think we are and will always be kids at heart. Maybe that’s why as a pastor I spent most of my time as a youth and children’s minister and now as a teacher I get to play with kids all day.
  • My mom stayed home with all of us kids. I think many kids today miss out on this. Instead of growing up with a parent they grow up with the people at the day care center. I’m glad that my mom stayed home with us even though I know we didn’t have all the latest things. We often got hand me down clothes etc… but to be home with mom is more than worth it. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.
  • Mom loved to cook. I love to eat so we make a good pair. When I went to college, she would fill me up with all the junk food a college boy could want and from time to time would send a resupply box just in case. When I moved away and visited home she would always send an ice chest or two back home with me, the poor bachelor that needed something to eat. I see that she does that for lots of the grandkids now. Just one way to show her love.
  • Prayer: Mom was always up early praying and reading the Bible. She never stops praying for her kids, nor grandkids or great grand kids. Nothing is more important than knowing that your parent prays for you. Again that is yet another way that mom shows her love for each and every one of her kids.
  • Family: For many years my mom snuck around to see her sister who had been banished from the family by my grandmother. Even in the face of banishment if caught, my mom knew that family was important and that doing what was right mattered more than the possible consequence. Maybe that’s why I don’t believe in cutting out people from my life. Because people are important.
  • Mom has no sense of direction, but she gets places. Yes, sometimes dad has to draw a map or take her there first, but she still tries. I married that same person. I have to do the same for my wife as well. Some people would hole up and not go anywhere, but not mom.
  • Mom loves. She dearly loves her family, more than anything in the world and would do anything for any one of us. The Bible says that “these three things remain, Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love” I think mom has all of these things but the greatest thing she has is love.
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Praying My Team will Win!

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Recently I read an article that said that 1/3 of all Americans believes that God has a hand in who wins and losses athletic events.  This article concentrated on professional games but I’m sure if people pray for the pros that they also pray for their child’s team to win too.  26% of fans have prayed for their team to win and 1/3 of Fans believe that their team is cursed.  Maybe they should change their name from the Devils to the Angels.

So I wonder why did God stop the curse of the Bambino this past decade and still let the Yankees win with people like Alex Rodriguez on their team. In the 90’s I assume Joe Torre was praying a lot when he led the Yankees to several championships.  This past decade there have not been any consistent prayers but is does seem that St. Louis, San Francisco and Boston have been praying a lot.  Of course we all know that the Cubs are the most Godless team ever, but if Boston can repent there is hope for the Cubbies.

In Basketball, God must be a fan of Lebron.  After all, God let him win the last couple years.  Maybe God thinks he’s better than Jordan and wants to prove it.  But doesn’t the Heat sound more like Hell than Heaven?   Detroit must have the Godly hockey players but only OK baseball players and their Basketball team has been ungodly for years.  What about their football team?  Do they even know God exists? Those Lion fools have said in their heart there is no God.

Now I know that I have been taught that God cares about our deepest needs, but I don’t think he let me win the couple of championships that I had a part of.  After all they were in church leagues.  I doubt we were the most Godly team in the league those years and even if we were, how does winning a championship make you a better Christian?  What about the 5 years that my softball team lost every single game except for a couple forfeits?  Were we that ungodly?  Did we just miss God’s calling to let our bench players have more time?

Personally I don’t think God cares who wins the Super bowl this year.  I just think God wants each team and fan to treat each other nicely.  I think God cares more about whether you let someone in line ahead of you than who scores the big touchdown.  I can’t see Jesus winning every game of dreidel just because he is more Godly than one of his brothers.  Sometimes God lets things play out to see how we react and take care of one another.

Several players in the past have been run out of town because of a misplay or bad performance in big games.  Fans often don’t have forgiveness on their minds when their team loses.  What about some who have killed themselves over lost games?  What did the fans do for them?  Did they try to help them by saying it was one pitch or one missed shot?  I don’t know personally, but often the overwhelming feeling is that we don’t want you around anymore.

There is a good chance that there will be a goat this coming Sunday.  Someone will fumble, miss a tackle or throw an interception.  Maybe the ref will make a questionable or terrible call.  That is life and we are all human.  Forgiving them and moving on is Godly.  America puts too much time into sports.  It’s a game, let’s move on.

I’m not simply speaking to everyone out there.  My wife can tell you how I feel when the Scum Sox beat the Yankees.  Umm, I mean the Halo Sox.  After all they were God’s team this last year.

So, hey, let’s go have a good time at our party and if your team wins great.  If they don’t there is always next year.  Life will go on either way but our attitude will follow us wherever we go.

Here is the article about fans praying for their teams.

http://progressivepopulist.org/2014/01/16/poll-half-americans-believe-god-plays-role-sports-outcomes/