“Baseball is dead… and other Denver realities”

by DanWolgemuth on July 29, 2011

Denver professional sports franchises have been a perpetual disappointment… particularly over the past twelve months. Lofty expectations have landed abruptly, burdened with unfulfilled expectations. The weight of hope has overwhelmed the power of performance. Sound familiar? It happens in nearly every city across our country, and likely around the world.

I have noticed that instead of in-depth analysis or post-mortem scrutiny… the city moves on to the next great athletic hope. The timing of the previous sporting failure will dictate how early in the season the passions shift… but shift they will.

Case in point… a wildly disappointing Major League Baseball season for the Colorado Rockies has led to early and intense alignment with the Denver Broncos football team. Front page stories and pictures chronicle the arrival of key players at training camp. Not game winning touchdowns, not accounts of gridiron glory… but training camp.

Fans clamor, the faithful swoon, the jilted find a new love… baseball is dead… long live the expectations of the football season to come… at least until October or maybe November… or…

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness…”
~ 1 Chronicles 16:29 (ESV)

We are worshippers. Our hearts crave it. Our minds construct it. Our passions run downhill to it…

We want our heroes to succeed. We want to support winners. We long for championships.

Consequently, our loyalties shift to the next object of our affection, or perhaps to the prospects for next season.

But alas… disappointment. Or at best, fleeting and temporary joy…

Yes, we are worshippers… seeking, hoping, longing, sacrificing, believing, desiring…

Crushed under the weight of another disappointing season our affections ooze into the next activity or sport or hero or championship… until one day we realize…

Worship is reserved.

For the Almighty.

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