Monday, March 01, 2010
Getting Your Bell Rung
Am I able to milk one more blog out of the Olympics? The answer is a resounding "yes!" Can I make a spiritual connection? Maybe! Actually, yesterday in worship I joked at the outset that we wouldn't be praying (overtly) for a Canadian win in the gold-medal hockey game. God doesn't care!
I must confess though, that after the Canadian men tortured us by letting the game go into overtime and Sid the Kid scored the winning goal there was a St. Paul's connection. When a hockey player gets hit hard it is described as "getting his/her bell rung." Well, Ruth and I raced up the street, rang the church bell fourteen times -- one for each Canadian gold medal -- then skedaddled back home in time to see the presentation of the medals. I may be unrealistic, but it's hard to imagine another church in the country ringing its bell fourteen times to celebrate the conclusion of the Olympic games and hockey gold.
I should mention that my dear wife was in the television room for the entire game, but saw none of it. The tension was so great that she couldn't bear to watch, so she listened and stuck to the knitting -- literally -- right through to the end. She cheered with gusto.
God may not care about the outcome of a game, but we can thank God for such a momentous end to the Olympics. That was exciting!