Herald DisbatchPsalm 13:3Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 4And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken. 5But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.â€¦
Sometimes it is not about winning, it is about building his team, showing up for the game and giving all to our heavenly coach, witnessing to theÂ next generation in the stands and giving them the chance for victory.
I just finished watching We Are Marshall, a movie about Marshall University in Huntington, WVÂ and the tragic plane crash that shattered many lives on November 14, 1970. Seventy-five people lost their lives on that flight. The decision to re-build the football team was not one reached easily.
The new head coachÂ Jack Lengyel, played by Matthew Mconaughey. was an outsider who was moved with compassion for the grieving family, school and city.Â However, he alsoÂ knew they needed hope.
McConaughey uses the phrase, “The funerals end today,” but Lengyel said he had to make that known not only to the players but to the schools the team played. Each time the team traveled, the school would have a memorial for Marshall, but Lengyel said the team couldn’t continue and grow under those conditions. (Herald Dispatch)
To grow we have to realize that God still has plans for us. My husband, kids, and you daily remind me that the funeral ends today. Daniel saw the movie in our DVD collection and asked if he could watch it. I hesitated, knowing the intensity of the movie. He asked questions all week about the football team, about the school. He was clearly thinking deeply about the loss. “How many people are on a football team?” . . . “What are boosters?” “How do you start over?” “They must have felt like we do about losing Jonathan.”
We are knocked to the ground, barely able to breath, and the enemy is in our face telling us to stay down.
You are . . . nothing
You are . . . a failure
You are . . . a loser
Sometimes we need an outsider to see our pain, come onto the field of battle and draw up a new play book. God did this by sending his own son. He tell us:
you are . . . beautiful
you are . . . resilient
You are . . . loving
You are. . . worth the struggle
You are . . . a part of my plan
Since Jonathan’s death thereÂ are more personal losses and world tragedies the weigh heavy on my heart. Like David I remind myself of who I know God is:
You are . . . good to me
You are . . .Savior
You are . . . Mighty
You are . . . Personal
You are . . . All Knowing
You are. . . Trustworthy
“In this world you will have troubles, butÂ take heart, IÂ have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We chant with our lives we are . . . And allow the next generation to answer. They know who they are and whose they are because we didn’t give up!