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Just A Thought or Two: The Olympics

The Olympics

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I love the Olympics!

I love the competition and friendly international rivalries.  I love the patriotism.  I love how people from around the world focus on this one event every 4 years.  I love to journey with the athletes through their greatest victories and their gut-wrenching losses.  I love it when records are broken.  I love to hear the various national anthems.  I love the fact Rugby is an Olympic sport this year.  I love the surprises, the drama, and the spectacle.  But, most of all, I love the spirit of the Olympic Games.  The Olympics have a spirit of unity and interconnection that transcends geography, nationality, religion, and gender.

The Olympics give me hope

A hope that we broken and damaged humans might not destroy each other after all.

My husband and I had the privilege of attending the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics.  It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience!  I smile when I think about all we witnessed and experienced.  My heart races when I recall the photo finish of  two Norwegian teammates giving their all at the end of a 30 km cross country ski race.  (They were separated by only one thousandth of a second!)  My eyes well up with tears whenever I remember the big smile of the lone Croatian woman who, without team uniform or flashy attire, accepted her gold medal for the giant slalom.  My skin goose bumps when I remember the cross country ski course as each and every skier who had already finished the race, along with all spectators, stood and cheered as the only Africa athlete in the race crossed the finish line. He had never before skied on a proper cross country ski course.

I LOVE the Olympics!

The Olympics give me hope

A hope that we broken and damaged humans might not destroy each other after all.

If Christ’s followers have anything, dear friends, it is hope.  The apostle Paul reminds us: “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

Hope is never shameful or something we should ever deny.  Hope is never something to ignore.

Hope is to be embraced.  Hope is to be believed.  Hope is to be shared.

Luckily, I don’t have to wait every 2 years to have a tangible reminder of hope.  (Thank you, Jesus.)  But luckily, I do have a tangible reminder of hope every 2 years. (Thank you, Olympic Games.)

If you need me in the next 2 weeks, I’ll be the one with my eyes glued to the television.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Stacee

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Join us this Sunday, in a Jesus community where all are loved and welcomed. We will visit our last of the series, Soul Songs: A Journey Through the Psalms as Reverend Stacee Fischer Gehring preaches, “Soul Songs: From Forever to Forever!”, based on Psalm 103. Please, invite a friend to join you!

 

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