I happened to watch Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, and it turned out to be an historic game, with several records broken. I live in Atlanta Braves country, so I wasn’t watching as a Cardinals or Rangers fan. I wanted to watch because I grew up loving sports and love to see championship games when I can. As my family slept, all I could whisper was “wow” as Texas was one strike away from winning the World Series, twice. St. Louis, trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning, with two outs and two strikes, scored two runs on a triple. Score: 7-7. Then, I said “wow” a few more times, as Texas hit two back to back solo home runs in the top of the 10th. Then, St. Louis had a two out, two strike single that scored two runs to tie in the bottom of the 10th. Score: 9-9. Wow. The 9th and 10th innings were a glimpse of life – the ups and downs, the hope and despair, the victories and struggles. This reminded me how God’s grace, love and forgiveness rises above life on earth. Then came the 11th inning, when Texas was held scoreless and St. Louis hit a “walk off” home run to win the game. Wow. The scene at home plate gave me chills, as all the players from the dugout greeted their teammate with their greatest expressions of joy on their faces and in their jumping and hugging. It was then that I realized I was watching a glimpse of heaven. Life’s sweetest moments are but a glimpse of the wonder and awe we will experience in heaven. As I continued to watch the celebration, it struck me that even though these “glimpses” are all around us, it seems too good to be true that heaven is a gift rather than something to be won. Lord, help us to put our trust in the gift of your Son, to have faith that your forgiveness of our sins through His death on the cross is for real. As real as a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th.
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