"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Sunday, January 30, 2011

HOCKEY on the Sabbath...

 Allow me to indulge myself a little, please....
I don't usually choose sports over church on Sundays, 
but today was an exception.

Nick's ice hockey team was given an invitation to have a little game time here this morning
He's not a picture person,
 but I got a kick out of watching him enjoy entering the stadium from the side door


I especially enjoyed the text he sent me while we were parking the car, 
"Mom, this is SO cool!  It's like the player's locker room with a lounge and everything!"
I almost missed this day.
My dad offered to take him...and I was tempted to say 
"SURE, then I'll take Emma to church"
{cause that's what I'm SUPPOSED to do on Sunday}
But today I choose to enjoy my son's morning of wonder over the obligatory Sunday morning service.
DON'T get me wrong, I happen to LOVE church.
I love everything about Sundays...
But today was about THIS  

and THIS...
 The stadium was all but empty...
Parents and custodians made up the audience...
the team was in awe of the opportunity...
and excited from their first look
 Off they go...

 what a great morning of enjoying the boys having fun.  
It didn't matter an ounce to them that there was no one watching,
it was all about enjoying the moment.

It's hard to know how to react when your COACH becomes your TEAMMATE
and loses his footing right in front of you...
DO you laugh?
DO you reach down to help?

OR do you just pretend it never happened?


My traveling buddy...
always willing to ride along,
always treats me to a cup of steaming coffee,
and keeps me company...
he's my hero!

and I believe he's someone else's hero, too...
Thanks dad....
 yet again.

No doubt we would have been blessed at church this morning 
but I think possibly we had an even greater blessing by 
for him...
I think Jesus goes wherever we do...
and today He enjoyed the Sabbath on ICE...

  "Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
      to be out of your sight?
   If I climb to the sky, you're there!
      If I go underground, you're there!
   If I flew on morning's wings
      to the far western horizon,
   You'd find me in a minute—
      you're already there waiting!"
Psalm 139


Becky K. said...

That is a high privilege for the team. I'm glad you had a wonderful time and so did he.

Donna said...

That's really cool! I'll have to show the pics to my boys. They just started playing ice hockey on Tues. afternoons at Regency Ice Rink with a group of home schooled boys and they think it the coolest thing!
What a great memory for Nick!

Christine said...

How fun is that! What a great opportunity to play there. Glad you enjoyed the Sabbath there!

Mrs.Rabe said...

That is really neat, Terri!

What a special opportunity for the team and so neat to share it with him.

I love how you love your dad, and that your kids do too. Very cool.

Jeane` said...

I absolutely love everything about this post, starting with your wise, loving and perceptive decision. (and that sweet picture of your dad. Almost made me tear up).

Sharon said...

I love this post! You made the right decision to go with Nick...and Dad loved being there for the memory-making event! And I love having Emma with me at church so I guess all the bases were covered...and Chipotle as great as well! I love you! Mom

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