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Rev. Mike Coulson: A spiritual football experience

One of the wonderful things about the world that we live in is that throughout the daily experiences of life we catch glimpses of the spiritual truth that underlies all of creation.

We witness God in the beauty of the sunrise and the rebirth of our perennial flowers each spring.

This is to be expected as Paul has pointed out to us in Romans 1:20 that, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made …”

We are able to interact with the Divine through this spiritual experience of everyday life.

While the beauty of creation can often cause us to marvel at the Creator of it all turning our weekend hike into a special moment with God, I’m not sure that football often provokes the same response in us.

There may not be the same level of grace and majesty in the colliding of lineman as we have in the dancing of the autumn leaves but there is something that comes with football that reminds me of our Heavenly Home. That something is the cheering fans.

One of my favorite things to do each year is to attend the first Penn State home football game of the season. Since my birthday is always around that same date, it has turned out to be a nice tradition to go to the game with a friend.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to once again make the trip up to Happy Valley but this time taking my two boys to their first ever Penn State game. While I hoped that they enjoyed the football, what I was looking forward the most was sharing with them the experience of being surrounded by 107,000 people cheering in unison.

There is something so unique yet familiar and comforting as that many people rise to their feet to cheer and encourage.

There is a roar inside that stadium that you can feel inside of you. Each and every year it draws my mind to what it will be like for all of eternity as we gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ to praise our Savior.

The great multitude of voices will be unlike anything we have ever experienced before and quite possibly at a volume we can’t imagine but one Saturday a year, I get a glimpse of a fraction of what it might be like.

In our daily lives, we often move quickly from one thing to the next in a hurried rush.

This week I invite you to slow down and experience each moment with God.

Celebrate all that He has done, is doing, and will do. If at all possible, share those moments with those you love most!

Revelation 7:9-12 - “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

The Coulson boys, Levi, 9, left, and Brooks, 7, attend their first Penn State game. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO