The Heart of God and Being a MN Vikings Fan

Nothing has taught me more about the patient, passionate love of Christ than…
1. Being a Parent – I better understand what it means to love
2. Being Married – I better understand my need for forgiveness and
to forgive.
3. Being a Vikings Fan – I understand what it means to suffer.

A Packer Fan

I was humbled by an 8-yr old Packer fan this past Sunday.

I am a die-hard “purple-people-eaters” Vikings fan.  But there she was…. standing by the Paraphrase Theatre merchandise and info table… and she asked her mom if the small box at the table was for the offering to support the actor who was at church that morning.

Packers MemeHer mom said yes… and then, I watched this cute little Blondie.. in her Packer-jacket-glory… take two one-dollar bills out her pocket, carefully unfold them.. and place them in the box. I told her, “Oh, sweetheart.. you don’t need to do that! You can keep your money!” And she said, “I want to. I want other people to see you do your plays.”

Wow. Humbling… so sweet.. and a reminder that God is very much present… often in unexpected places and moments. And yes, most certainly… in the heart of a certain little Packer fan this past Sunday.


A Prayer from A Long-Suffering Vikings Fan

God, I’m guessing you could care less about NFL football. So, here’s the deal…Since you don’t really care about football, but you DO care for the long-suffering… why not just work a miracle and let the Vikings win the Superbowl this year? I mean, think about it…

The quarterback’s first name is Christian… that’s a pretty good start right there.. and let’s face it…if he were to win the Superbowl this year, EVERYONE would know it is a miracle… since, based on game one, it seems he clearly does not have the skills to do it on his own.

Secondly, it has been a tough year for our family. Breast Cancer has been no picnic for my bride. This would give her great joy. (Okay, it would probably give ME even greater joy… but I’m trying to evoke your sympathetic-side here God… so I have to lead with my best card.)

Lastly, Adrian Peterson… I mean, wow… I know the Bible doesn’t actually say “God helps those who help themselves”.. but the guy HAS worked awfully hard these last couple of years. I know it is not very Lutheran of me, but if you were ever going to just throw out a little earthly-reward-based-on-work-ETHIC, Peterson seems as good a candidate as anyone, right?

So… that’s my prayer for this first Sunday in the Season, Lord. And I’m sticking to it. And.. God.. just so you know… I may not be watching the Men of Purple very closely for a while…. not that I don’t still BLEED purple, I do… but it HAS been a tough year.. and I just don’t have the emotional reserve to handle it right now. Today, listening to the game on the radio while driving home from Madison, I nearly took out three WI Drivers… just out of pure frustration for the way the Vikes were playing. (And they weren’t even playing the Packers! The drivers with WI license plates just seemed like a good target for my anger at the moment!)

I will check back in now and then.. (okay… probably every Sunday)… to see how things are going… but I am going to hand it over, completely, to you at this point. I have tried, and failed, oh these many years, to faithfully cheer with great consistency… through good times.. and mostly bad. Now, I surrender. It is all up to you now God. Go for it. And thanks for your time just now. It makes me feel a little better. (Although a “MN VIKINGS WORLD CHAMPIONS” sweatshirt, size XXL, would make me feel even better. You know where to find me.)

Love, from the kid in Marion, IA.


Lance, Sacrifice and Grace

Interesting, no-nonsense blog about Lance Armstrong, God, gods,                            sacrifice and THE Sacrifice.

Thing is, Lance’s sin is public. Mine is not. Or at least it is not so dramatically public.

But here’s the hard truth. We both need Grace. Both me and Lance.

Grateful to know the giver of the Gift.