April 2019

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack, I don’t care if I never get back. So, it’s root, root, root, for the CUB-BIES. If they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game.”
Not exactly the quotation that I usually begin with in my pastor’s column, huh? Did you like my revision of the noun “home team”? I just replaced it with a proper noun. And by proper, I mean, the way it should be rendered. Ha!
I guess the quote is not very scriptural, but it is a song that is still sung by both young and old, some 111 years after it was written, which is more than I can say for some of our most commonly known hymns! To me, it is a song that reminds us of one of the best things about North American life.
This week, major league baseball will begin its season for 2019. Traditionally, the season began on April 1, but that has changed over the last several years. There are lots of magazines that one can buy that will give you scouting reports for each team, give you a player by player analysis, and try and predict where each team will finish. There are lots of conversations among baseball fanatics about who’s playing where this season, how much money they’re making, and the fact that nobody is worth that much money.

But for me, the game really begins when you hear the pop of a good fastball hit the catcher’s glove or the “thwack” of a wooden baseball bat sending a line drive into the outfield. It can also be the scraping of metal cleats on the dirt as a player goes into a slide, the thump, when he hits the bag, and the roar of the crowd when a home team player is judged by the ump with outstretched arms, “Safe!!” Sometimes it’s the familiar voice of an announcer reading off the starting lineups or the playing of organ music in between innings, something that is only done in a handful of professional ballparks today.

Now in addition to baseball, how do we know when God reveals to us the goodness of life? What can you see, hear, touch, taste, or feel?

The writer of Philippians offer us some help. He says, “From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.
In the midst of the struggle of life, let’s always keep our eyes on God and the admirable things of God. Play ball!
In Christ’s footsteps we walk,
Pastor Roger