Today is Sunday, November 13. We went to church this morning and then, after a brief time back at home, headed uptown to...
Bank of America Stadium for the Panthers game!
We've had season tickets for well over 10 years now and have always attended every home game. With the brain tumor and all, though, this year has been a bit different. We've seen every game, but this is the first one that we've actually been able to go to.
But, this week, it was like our favorite players didn't show up. Talk about a terrible game. The crowd was flat, the Panthers played uninspired and mistake-ridden football... really, it was an awful game. There was one bright spot, though...
This guy, Sir Purr, showed up in our section. It's pretty sad when you're over 50 years old and the highlight of the game for you is when the mascot shows up. :) Actually, the people whose seats are behind ours know "Sir Purr" so he comes up to visit every now and then throughout the season. In fact, they have an annual party at their house that Sir Purr always shows up for and it just so happens to be next Sunday... so you may get to see another mascot picture or two next week.
Since the game was so bad, we did something we've never done before. We left at half time. Even during the Panthers 1 and 15 season several years ago and last year's 2 and 14, we stayed for each and every moment of each and every game. My philosophy has always been, if you're going to be a fan be a loyal fan and support your team from beginning to end. (Besides, those tickets are expensive and I believe in getting my money's worth!) But... well... I guess my feelings have changed a bit. Today I did not feel compelled to suffer through a boring game of uninspired football. So we didn't.
Now, how about some scripture?
"Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!"
Nothing like attending a professional sporting event to cause you to wonder if the fear of the Lord has been completely forgotten by all of society. Oh, my goodness. Between the emotions of the game (especially when your team is losing) and all the alcohol being consumed... well, you see and hear a lot of things that wouldn't exactly make the Lord proud. I choose to live my life a different way... and I challenge you to do the same.
The verse I chose to focus on (verse 10) is the last verse in the Psalm, but the previous verses tell us why we are to fear the Lord... His deeds are amazing... everything He does reveals His glory and majesty... His righteousness does not fail... He has done marvelous works on our behalf... He is gracious and merciful... He gives us food... He remembers His promises to us... He has great power... all He does is fair and good... His commandments are trustworthy and forever true... He is holy and awe-inspiring.
So, that's why we fear the Lord and, while this passage doesn't really tell us how to fear the Lord, I think that probably involves having a holy respect for Him and what is important to Him... which must include things like loving and respecting others. And, that probably includes paying attention to how we behave at sporting events... and everywhere else, too.
Now, I think I'll show you more of the cards that I made for us to give to those who are bringing us meals on a regular basis.
These may be a couple of my favorites. I like the design, I like the colors... I just over-all like these. And, here are the two colorways shown together... pink and yellow — such a refreshing combination.
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Everyday Classics); cardstock is inexpensive white and a bit of PTI's Stampers Select White; ink is Stampin' Up (Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake); also used SU's Modern Label Punch.
Well, we're now finished with dinner and it's getting close to time for us to watch The Amazing Race — so it certainly must be time to wrap this up and settle in for the evening. Thank you so much for stopping to visit with us a bit. We appreciate your support and your prayers (chemo is Tuesday...). We're sending you hugs!