(Usual caveats about football being just a game and that there are more important things in the world. All true, but when the local football team wins its first championship in over 55 years…well, I’m going to write about it!)
They finally did it. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl by beating the New England Patriots in one of the most incredible football games you will ever see. We had a bunch of Mary’s family over to watch the game Sunday night and we all had a blast. As the game wore on, however, I started to feel more and more tense because the Eagles were playing well and actually had a chance to win the thing. By the last two minutes of the game I was pacing around and my stomach was in knots. Even after the last play of the game I couldn’t celebrate…I kept waiting for the announcers to say that there was a penalty or clock issue and the Patriots would get one more play. Finally it set in that the Eagles had indeed won and I celebrated with my in-laws.
Here’s what’s funny about that – I’m actually not that big of an Eagles fan! I decided a long time ago to root for the Redskins (I know, I know – don’t hold it against me).
So why was I such a wreck? Because my brother Ryan is a HUGE fan, and I wanted them to win so badly for him. I honestly couldn’t have been more excited and happy for him! As we texted each other after the game (and the next day…and the day after that) reveling in the win together I couldn’t help but think of all those times back when we were growing up that we would barely speak to each other after football games. I guess we’ve matured (a little).
Celebrating with someone else is a lot of fun, but it can also be hard at times, especially when their “win” may have meant that we “lost.” Yet the Scriptures are clear that we are to rejoice with one another:
Romans 15:12 - Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Philippians 2:4 - Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Obviously the context of those verses isn’t professional football, but the principle of rejoicing and encouraging one another applies to all contexts of life. So not only is rejoicing with others a lot of fun, its pleasing to God as well! Talk about a “Win/Win” situation!
Here’s what’s happening:
1. We are waiting on a part (apparently it is only manufactured in the most remote regions of Siberia) for the elevator. I will certainly let everyone know when it is fixed. Thank you for your patience.
2. Congregational Life Commission meets tomorrow night (2/8) at 6:30 pm at the church.
3. Bible Study on 2/11 at 6pm at the church. Study is on “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan and is led by Lloyd Bucher.
4. This Sunday I will be visiting with the 9:15 class for a time of Q&A and discussion as we continue to process and think about the future of Ebenezer. I will be visiting with the Christian Adventure Class next week.
After a few days of studying I have decided to make a change to our sermon schedule. This week we will be focusing on Mark 5:25-34 and then next week we will turn our attention to Mark 5:21-24 & 35-43. If you know of someone who is struggling with an illness or is in a season of suffering, this week would be a wonderful opportunity for you to invite them to worship with us on Sunday. Come ready to sing, come ready to reflect, and come ready to pray.
See you on Sunday,