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8 August 2008

I'm a sucker for the Olympics

Of course no body cares about skeet shooting or ping pong or kayaking except skeeters or pongers or kayakers... we all get that. But something about the Olympics is really cool.

On one hand, it's not the bringer of world peace and unity that the spinners and salesmen will try and sell you with a side of fries...

but on the other hand... it has traces of something Holy that we rarely touch. It really does. I often think of Psalm 133...

1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!

2It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron's beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life

There is a commanded blessing when you do something in unity. It's powerful. And that many people who are so culturally different coming together in the name of ONE THING... gets me.

My favorite Olympic memory was the opening ceremonies of Sydney in 2000. Krissy and I were in Ghana. We woke up on what must have been the only Saturday morning that we had nothing to get up and do for in 7 months. It was an oddly cool, comfortable, breezy morning so we lay in bed all morning, watching the celebration of culture... the parade of nations... Muhammad Ali light the torch... all while we listened to the sounds of the West African morning outside our window.

I remember the feeling of being a part of a larger community. A global community. I remember actually feeling what the Olympic spin doctors try to sell. And it sells and sells and sells. Advertisers clamor to put their brand on the Olympics because there is something unusually pureISH there.

My sister-in-law (of whom I am EXTREMELY proud) is leading a team at the "Bring Me Hope Summer Camp" in Xin Zheng China right now. It's a camp giving Chinese kids a chance to be kids. I can't wait to hear her stories. Here's a clip from their camp last week...

We really are ONE.
You know that?

It's not a concept that a politician invented, a movement propagated or that the Olympics monopolize. The Olympics in practice... is a track meet. But it is the largest event on earth with the most different people doing ONE thing. It's a minor minor taste... a drip on honey on the lips... of something so pure that we'll one day live full on in.

Heaven will be a really wonderful place.
Really wonderful.

1 comment:

skittles said...

random comment... i was in xinzheng in april to visit a friend who was teaching there and i swam in that pool in the 'bring hope' video. cool!
it's a small world after all...lalalalalalala

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