Superbowl Sunday = Thanksgiving?

It is still an hour and a half before the Super Bowl kickoff and Laurie and I are home relaxing before the big having to make our way to a few parties. Normally at this time on a Sunday we are busy planning to run our church’s youth group (Bob) or practicing with the worship band for our 6:00pm service (Laurie). Not tonight. Signs and announcements at church the past few weeks have informed the congregation that there would be ‘no 6:00pm service’.

Though we have never had a service on the night of the Super Bowl, reaction has been mixed. Some folks feel like the ‘church’ shouldn’t be influenced by society and keeping to the schedule sends a message to the world that it is not bending. “If we cancel church because of a football game” they say, “then what is next.” Generally, these are the folks that do not come regularly to the later, 6pm service - and probably would not make an extra effort to attend tonight.

The Super Bowl, more than any other single secular event, has grown into a time of friendship, fellowship and family. It is Thanksgiving on steroids (pun intended). Sure, we don’t sit placidly at the dinner table as we eat our turkey. But we do gather together, love, laugh and live together. And prayer? I would bet that more prayers are said during the Super Bowl than during a typical evening.

I am rooting for the Seahawks tonight - particularly Derrick Coleman - I have been so impressed with that young man (and his mother). I hope he has the game of his life!

So tonight, as you gather with your friends and family, eat, drink and cajole each other, root for your team. Be loud. Be proud. But remember that you are gathered together and celebrating together because of the sacrifice that many have made - those in the military, those on the front lines of social change and those who fight for religious freedom.

Enjoy this Thanksgiving Redux. Say a prayer of thanks for the sacrifices made and cheer your team on to victory.

Bits & Pieces:

  1. Laurie, Luke and I are two weeks away from our Vision Trip to Ethiopia with World Vision. Please keep us in your prayers. We thank God for this opportunity and will do all we can to make the most of it both while we are there and when we return.
  2. We have approval of our Schedule Process for our new hot sauce - SubLime Cilantro. Very excited - we will go into production with it in March.
  3. Laurie’s grandmother passed away a little over a week ago - don’t be sad, she was 101 and lived an incredibly full and meaningful life. Anytime there is a death in the family I just want to hug those around me a little tighter. You do the same.

Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. ~Matthew 18:19-20

FaithBob Ferretti