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steelers - ravens day!
it's finally steelers - ravens day. here are a few hopes i have for the day:
1. let's hope flacco serves up a couple interceptions as kindly as he serves pizza to the greater baltimore area, and let's hope he throws them straight as a unibrow to the guys in the black and gold.
2. let's hope the ravens fans end up looking something like this. and let it be quiet except for the steelers fans there. i want to hear them.
3. let's hope ray-ray can be put where he belongs. if not behind actual bars, then behind the bars of some significant blocking so that mendenhall can pick up some yardage.
4. let's hope it isn't a 24-23 overtime victory, which puts me in the hospital. please? can we please hope that we squash them?
5. let's hope that after today the only team on top of the afc north is the one from the steel city.
i made these comments and prayed the following prayer at one of our worship services at SPWF yesterday, and had a few folks asked if i would post them, so there they are: It has been a season of terrible
tragedy. And I have noticed in the news
a trending phrase: thoughts and prayers.
It even has its own hashtag on twitter and other social media, but net
necessarily in a good way. People are
understandably tired of hearing about others’ thoughts and prayers, when that
is only a thinly-veiled way of saying that our only obligation to those who
suffer is a brief moment of silence, or nothing more than a tweet or public
statement. The truth is that, for those
of us who follow Jesus, much is required when our neighbors suffer. We are called to do justice where we can, to
love kindness and mercy, and to walk with God through it all. But let us be careful not to throw out the
proverbial baby with the bathwater. We
are, as people of faith, those who know that prayer is not simply an em…
i'm not sure how many americans right now are feeling optimistic about the government. i know i'm not. in fact, while i didn't live through the civil war or anything, i have to think that faith in our elected leaders - indeed the whole system of electing them in the first place - is at one of its lowest points. i just don't have a great deal of confidence in those individuals who have been elected, or in those who want to be. i find myself slipping at times into what feels like a swamp of apathy: sinking, to be sure, but not sure that i care enough anymore to do much about it. i see this attitude all around me: in conversations, on social media, and in popular culture. perhaps there is no more clear indication of our nation's view of the government than this current election season, when we would teeter on electing liars and thieves, crooks and clowns.
which is why i was so startled as i sat down to read psalm 72 this morning. as i read the ancient song, i…
on friday i had the opportunity to lead a group of 10 of us to latrobe for the annual friday night lights steelers practice at latrobe memorial high school stadium, along with 12,000 of our closest friends. we drove out there, did the steelers experience with the kids (including bounce house races, rock wall, face painting, spinning the prize wheel, football toss, and a photo op with the steelers' 6 lombardi trophies, among other things). then we waited in line to get in, so that we could get our position around the autograph fence, and then there was a significant amount of waiting. but at least the weather was beautiful! we enjoyed good conversation and laughter along with homemade steelers cookies. finally the team and coaches arrived on school busses and the autograph session began. you never know who might come your direction, so we were pretty surprised when ben roethlisberger came near us and started signing. sure enough, he came our way, and i got his autograph on his…