A Football Sermon Reminder

The thrill is a bit dulled this morning in SC.  Last Sunday, after the Gamecocks defeated Georgia their was talk about national championships.  It was exciting to hear.

But this morning….  After a loss at LSU the thoughts of a national championship are fading a bit.  Some people are even worried about a conference championship.  I am even sure that there will be a few people who will jump off the caboose!

As I read the paper this morning however I remembered a line from the sermon last week.  It wasn’t about football.  It was from Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, who as far as I know wasn’t a football fan!  But the quote…

Hope is not prognostication.  It is an orientation of the spirit, and orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons…It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed…Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well.  It is an orientation of the spirit.

Good words for all of us who find our hearts broken week after week.

Wake Forest fans know this well!

Maybe next year!


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