On Hockey Games and Scriptural Unity (how’s that for a weird combo?)

Last night I went to my first-ever hockey game with three other girls, and it was such a blast! I didn’t really think I’d have that much fun since I’m not really into sports as a general rule, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The Knoxville Ice Bears are in the playoffs against the Florida Seals, and they won their game 2-1, the second of the 5-game series. It was really exciting, and we had great seats (2nd row!) because Katie got free tickets from work. There was this woman in front of us who was a diehard fan, and she kept yelling all of these hilarious things, like “Welcome to Knoxville, sucker!” as a Seal was being slammed against the wall or “Go back to Florida, you scum!” or “Grow a brain, moron! My mom can play better than you!” She and her friends were even making seal noises, and so we joined in, and it was great fun. I’m pretty sure some of the Ice Bears thought we were fabulous because when we’d do it, some of them were looking and grinning. And Diana came up with the best insults for the refs, who couldn’t seem to call a fair game, like “Go back to Foot Locker, idiot!” It was so much fun. I wish it weren’t the end of the season so we could go to more games.

In completely unrelated news, I went to a new church this morning, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I woke up really late so all I had time to do was brush my teeth, comb my hair, and throw some clothes on. For a moment I was tempted not to even go because I was going to be late, but I’m glad I went. The sermon was one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. The pastor spoke out of Joshua 3, the passage where Joshua is preparing to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. He made so many fascinating connections between the symbolism of Jewish practices in the Old Testament and Christ’s fulfillment of them in the New Testament. Realizing all of the intricate ways in which God links the Old and the New gave me a much-needed reminder of His ultimate omniscience, and it showed me once again how the Bible as whole, and not just the New Testament, is a perfect picture of God’s plan of salvation for humanity. What a beautiful, amazing story He tells! I wish I could hear more passages from the Old Testament; it seems that it’s neglected a lot of the time, except for maybe Psalms and Proverbs. I love coming away from a sermon feeling challenged and awed by God’s mercy and goodness in my life. It’s such a treasure. I’m so grateful for the Church. As we are entering Holy Week, may we remember all that God has done and continues to do for us.

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