When disappointment comes ...

Dear Church,

 

Well, it’s been quite the week. I still haven’t gotten over that heart-breaking Saints loss on Sunday. What a roller-coaster! A first half in which the Saints looked like they had forgotten to show up…a second half in which the Saints were Super Bowl caliber…a lead 25 seconds before the end of the game that we looked sure to win…a last minute catch and missed tackle that sent Vikings fans into ecstasy and Saints fans into disbelief.

 

I woke up sad on Monday. And despite reminding myself that it was just a game, my sadness continued that day into the next. So I started thinking: What is it about sports that so captures our imaginations and corrals our emotions? Particularly, why would the beginning of my week have been so much happier if the Saints had won that game?

 

For me, and I suspect for some others, that game felt like life:

Things don’t always start off as we would hope, but with determination and skill, we can recover…

If we work our hardest, we can overcome being behind…

Sometimes we are sure things are going to go our way, then they don’t…

How do you pick yourself up and start over when disappointment comes?

 

I found myself thinking of this passage from 2 Corinthians 4:

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

 

It is a powerful reminder that while life can contain some real defeat, that need not be the last word. All of life is lived in companionship with God, who never leaves us to endure the hard stuff by ourselves.

 

As far as football, I’m cheering for the Eagles now. And in life, I am beyond grateful to a God who never leaves us alone – good times or bad.

Grace and peace,

 

Pastor Kim

 

Presbyterian Fun Fact

There are about 75 million Reformed/Presbyterian Christians worldwide and about 2.5 million belong to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

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