SERMON ON THE MOUND!
“….always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)
The Lord continues to share his grace and message of love to us in so many ways and in so many places. What a joy to experience His presence in us and through us and among us – even in that great American pastime – Baseball! Perhaps you recall what happened a few years ago during a major league baseball game – yes, the Chicago Cubs were involved! Relief pitcher Pedro Strop had a rough outing against those St. Louis Cardinals as he blew a big lead. Veteran sports announcer, Bob Costas, remarked as Strop “pointed to the sky” on his way to the dugout, “Strop is on his way out, pointing to the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder, that he is asking some departed relative for forgiveness for this atrocious performance”.
Mr. Costas, being the professional he is, later apologized to Mr. Strop, and the relief pitcher was quoted as saying, “I forgive him. We all make mistakes.”
However, the real “story” in this Sermon from the Mound is this: Strop later explained that he points to the sky after every outing to “always thank God for the opportunity. It has nothing to do with my performance.”
Win or lose, blown game or saving a victory, Pitcher Strop thanks the Lord for ….everything! What a refreshing message from the world of sports that so often is seen bragging and pounding one’s chest to tell the world how great they are!
Thanks, Mr. Costas, for being a gentleman. Thanks Mr. Strop, for forgiving him and for encouraging all of us to thank the Lord for all things and for affirming that God’s Grace has nothing to do with our performances!
Whether it’s the Cubs or the Cardinals or whether we win or lose, we thank the Lord for every opportunity to be winners, in the name of Jesus!