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This, THIS, is what it’s about

There was an unusual high school football game played in Grapevine, Texas.  The game was between Grapevine Faith Academy and the Gainesville State School.  Faith is a Christian school and Gainesville State School is located within a maximum security correction facility.
Gainesville State School has 14 players. They play every game on the road. Their record was 0-8. They’ve only scored twice. Their 14 players are teenagers who have been convicted of crimes ranging from drugs to assault to robbery. Most had families who had disowned them.They wore outdated, used shoulder pads and helmets. Faith Academy was 7-2. They had 70 players, 11 coaches, and the latest equipment.
Chris Hogan, the head coach at Faith Academy, knew the Gainesville team would have no fans and it would be no contest, so he thought, “What if half of our fans and half of our cheerleaders, for one night only, cheered for the other team?”  He sent out an email to the faithful asking them to do just that. “Here’s the message I want you to send, Hogan wrote. “You’re just as valuable as any other person on the planet.”Some folks were confused and thought he was nuts. One player said, Coach, why are we doing this?” Hogan said, “Imagine you don’t have a home life, no one to love you, no one pulling for you. Imagine that everyone pretty much had given up on you. Now, imagine what it would feel like and mean to you for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you.”
The idea took root. On the night of the game, imagine the surprise of those 14 players when they took the field and there was a banner the cheerleaders had made for them to crash through. The visitors’ stands were full. The cheerleaders were leading cheers for them. The fans were calling them by their names. Isaiah, the quarterback-middle linebacker said, “I never in my life thought I would hear parents cheering to tackle and hit their kid. Most of the time, when we come out, people are afraid of us. You can see it in their eyes, but these people are yelling for us. They knew our names.”
Faith won the game, and after the game the teams gathered at the 50-yard line to pray. That’s when Isaiah, the teenage convict-quarterback surprised everybody and asked if he could pray and he prayed, “Lord, I dont know what just happened so I don’t know how or who to say thank you to, but I never knew there were so many people in the world that cared about us.”  On the way back to the bus, under guard, each one of the players was handed a burger, fries, a coke, candy, a Bible, and an encouraging letter from the players from Faith Academy.
What an incredible act of Christian witness and kindness and goodness that was.  Proverbs 11:17 says, “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind.” Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act.”
Be kind to someone this week. Be kind to every person you meet.
You might be amazed at what God will do with a simple act of kindness.

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YouTube Makes Me Happy

I got this from sixyearmed. I thoroughly enjoy her blog, although she’s by no means a daily poster. She’s a doctor: a young, thoughtful, caring pediatrician who is trying to marry her faith with what she sees around her. It seems to be an uphill battle. Good for her!

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YouTube Makes Me Nostalgic

When I was younger (as in, WAYYY younger), I was in choir. I sang in elementary school, middle school, high school, college and church. I even sang overseas with American Music Abroad in 1987. Probably my most proud choral moment, though, happened in 1986 when I sang in the “District 12 Chorus” This was 29 of the area high schools–the best of the best. I was an Alto II (that would be VERY low for you non-choral people!).

Being that this was before the digital age, I have a record of the performance. We may or may not have a turntable buried in the basement somewhere, but even so, this record has not been played in at least the last 15 year (since I’ve been married). Who knows what reason the composer of one of the main pieces went through my head tonight while I was shopping on iTunes. Gloria by Poulenc was long, lovely and in Latin. I actually remember a fair amount of it. I even still have the sheet music to it. It in six different parts, all with different tempos, styles, lyrics and emotions. And it’s on YouTube! Not that you’d want to watch the whole thing (unless you are into that kind of thing!), but here’s the first part of it.

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YouTube is Our Friend

To give myself a time out from the children (which I need in the summer, believe me!), I keep a fair amount of YouTube videos bookmarked. Yes, there are some serious ones that make me cry. But the vast majority of them are to make me smile–to get me out of the bad mood and more able to cope with “She’s Touching Me!” “Moooooommmmmm!”

May they help you in your time outs as well. You will need to turn up your speakers for the first one and then turn them back down again.

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YouTube, How Do I Love Thee?

I saw this one time when the local PBS station was begging. Since then, my children and I have watched it tons of times. They adore The Blue Man Group. As do I. Our favorite part is actually before the woman starts to sing–when it’s just the instruments. Turning a piano on its side to play?? GENIUS!