Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lock-down, Beat-down, Break-down- A Day to Remember

Our first game of the season produced an amazing day of events. We loaded our buses and were about to pull out when we received word of a police enacted 'lock-down' of our campus. There were some criminals eluding police who happened to end up in the woods next to our school.

I was on a bus with our team watching police helicopters, swat, and uniformed officers setting up a perimeter which included us.

Fortunately, they let us go. Unfortunately, everyone in our building had to stay put for almost 2 hours. I heard that our people did great in the circumstances- but it was the start of a wild day.
They caught the bad guys- I hope they get the book thrown at them.

Our next stop was at the airborne museum at Ft Campbell. It was an amazing display of heroism and tradition.

The game was a beat down, Ft Campbell is the back-to-back- AA Kentucky state champion and they played very well. We started slow, they started fast, and it was too much of a storm to overcome. Two turnovers in the 2nd half pushed the game out of reach. End game 55-26.

We ended up with 23 first downs- 377 yds of offense. But their All-American Qb Antonio Williams had 153 yds passing and 202 rushing.

Our team demonstrated courage and class- we will live to fight again. But we made too many errors and missed too may tackles to beat a team like that.

Then, of all things, the bus broke down on the way home.

Life is like that sometime... lock-down,beat-down, break-down.

What did the apostle Paul say about these things?

II Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

So in the end, I still hear Staff Sgt. Ken Weichert calling out in that great army cadence- "Are you gonna quit?"
And I hear our team say, "NEVER".

Next week we play Lexington Christian at home.

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