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Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on football and faith

Posted: January 15, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I’ve never purposely watched an entire football game, but knowing our son would be at the Rose Bowl Jan. 1, on assignment to photograph the game between Ohio State and the University of Oregon, we tuned in, hoping to get a glimpse of him on the sidelines.

It was a difficult endeavor as the camera was in constant, zig-zag motion recording every move the players made, but our eyes remained glued to the screen, looking for one we so love.

The excitement of the roaring, cheering crowd of nearly 100,000 spectators did not rival mine when finally, at the end of the game, I spotted Josh.

“There he is,” I cried out to my husband, as we looked at our son smack in the center of the TV screen, near the winning Ohio Buckeyes.

Our daughter just missed it, having taken our dog for a walk a few minutes earlier. However, when she came back into the house she remarked, “So, you saw him.” “Yes,” I replied. “How did you know?”

Her response to my question was, “I heard you.”

While intently looking for my son during the game, a Bible verse that impacted me years ago repeatedly came to mind: “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth, that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely his.” (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

My thoughts bounced between our son and the players. Every one was a mother’s son, special and dear to his family; a very precious soul.

The players were there to win a game; my son to photograph it. Each was doing their job to the best of his ability; each needing support in life.

At game’s end, the thoughts of two men from Ohio lingered. Ohio Coach Jim Tressel relayed something quarterback Joe Germaine told him: “If you handle adversity and stay with the plan, you’ll have a chance” — referring to a possible win at the Rose Bowl.

Then Ohio’s MVP Terrelle Pryor humbly shared the glory, crediting the coach that invested his all in him, testifying how his team stayed behind him, “and God always.”

Life isn’t a game. It’s filled with moments of pressure and opposition that require a resilient, persevering and undaunted attitude to meet the challenges we all face. Encouraged are the souls who know God is watching, wanting to support “those whose heart is completely His” toward victory — whatever that may be — to each and every one on Earth. That’s you and me.

My life’s calling and joyful occupation is that of a wife and mother; yours something else. Now at the start of 2010, I wish you the enjoyment of the happiest New Year of your life thus far, one day at a time.


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