* Hail Mary

As I write this, the game between Green Bay and Dallas has just ended and what a game it was! Nearly as exciting as the Falcons game yesterday! Now we have home field advantage next week, I don’t think my heart can stand it! Dallas came from an eighteen- point deficit to tie the game, wow, I know all the Cowboys were waiting for a miracle! The first time I ever saw a “Hail Mary” thrown was in 1978 when Steve Bartkowski connected with Alfred Jackson on the final play of the game to defeat the Saints! I think I might have jumped all over the room (since defeating the Saints was the best thing that could happen to a Falcons fan!). He did it again in 1983 this time connecting to Billy “White Shoes” Johnson to beat the 49ers! We were hoping this game today would stay tied in that last few seconds which would have taken them into sudden death then they could have hoped for another miracle!

So if you are not a football fan you have probably already tuned me out, ok fair enough, if you were talking about basketball I would have probably already moved on myself, however, ask yourself, “Is she really talking about football here where I am supposed to be getting my “daily injection of encouragement vitamins?” You already know the answer to that, right? I am thinking of the times in my life when I needed a “Hail Mary” of a miracle and got it!

If you look back into the Bible at some of the accounts there you will see several of those Hail Mary miracles, or victory at the last possible moment.

Noah built an ark while his friends and neighbors looked on and made fun of him for building this huge monstrosity in his front yard and for what? “Rain you say?” Well when the rain started and he and his family went in and God closed the door there were people beating that gopher wood so hard they got splinters in their hands but to no avail. Moses called the Children of Israel out into the desert, they began to hear the thundering of hooves and the rattle of chariot wheels as Pharaoh’s army descended on them, there they were between the “devil and the deep blue sea”, literally, but God opened the water and they walked through on dry land, and to top it off the army followed them into the middle of the upstanding waters and the walls of water fell on them, taking them out.

Daniel was thrown into a lions den full of hungry lions but as he was being tossed in God sent an angel to effectively give them lock jaw for the night and he was saved alive, bad news for the guys who accused him as they were tossed in, along with their children and wives to the hungry beasts and were devoured as they hit the ground. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were friends of Daniels who were good looking young men who had been made eunuchs and put into the service of the King. When they refused to bow down and worship his golden image they were ordered into the fiery furnace, which had been heated seven times hotter than usual, so hot in fact that the men who threw them in were overcome and died from the heat of it, yet the Hebrew guys survived the night with the “fourth man who looks like the Son of God” giving them their Hail Mary moment and they came out without even the smell of smoke on their garments.

Well you know I could go on but for the sake of space and your patience to continue to read I will finish with this: Life is a football game, we are in the last seconds of the fourth quarter and standing in the corner of the end zone just waiting for that salvation ball to come spiraling through the air for us to catch and claim our victory, not over the Saints but over the devil himself!

*for my Catholic friends, no disrespect intended, I’m sure the Holy Mother understands 🙂

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