More than just a Football Game

As I reflect on the Cotton Bowl game yesterday there was something that stood out before the first kickoff…I am sure it was not televised but right after the National Anthem, while everyone was standing one of the Bowl Committee members took the microphone and was on the big screen and led the 71,000 plus fans in a prayer. It was non-denominational but referenced “Our Creator” and God.  Heads were bowed and all of us stood together listening to words of peace, prayer and love. I have never been to a Bowl game so I do not know if this is standard practice but my son and I looked at each other and gave a nod of amazement. The outcome of the game, although quite satisfactory to this Spartan, is secondary to the fact that the Bowl Committee felt it important, despite any pressure or “political correctness” or worry about offending anyone, to thank God for our lives and the opportunity to be together and for the players and coaches. The score was one thing but before the first play occurred everyone in the stadium and the freedom to worship were victorious..AMEN

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  1. A prayer before a bowl game isn’t the norm–like you I’ve only been to one bowl game and that was in college decades ago, and I don’t remember a prayer of any kind, although my college always started each football game with a short nondenominational prayer, right before we played the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home. You may be surprised that our state legislature starts each daily session with a prayer said by a religious leader from different parts of the state. Oh yes, there are those who object when the prayer leader is a Muslim or Hindu rather than a Christian preacher or a Jewish Rabbi, but we all pray to the same God.

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