Blessed are the Faithful.Posted: December 14, 2011
Sunday night after church I watched most of the Giants-Cowboys game with some friends. It was a big game.
If the Giants won, they would be in good position to win their division and make the playoffs. They would still have to win most if not all of their remaining games to make the playoffs. But they would be in the driver’s seat with a win Sunday.
If the Giants lost, their season would in essence be over. The Cowboys would be up two games in the division with only three to play. Also, a defeat would mean the Giants had just lost five straight games. Not good.
So it was a big game. And it was close. It was close until the Cowboys scored 14 unanswered points to take a 12 point lead late in the fourth quarter. Then I called it quits and went home.
There was still a remote possibility the Giants could win. According to NFL advanced stats, the Giants had a 2% chance of winning. I did not know the exact chances, but I knew they were slim, so I gave up and went home.
But the Giants did win. They scored 14 unanswered points in the last three minutes of the game and even blocked a potential game-tying field goal as time expired.
I found this all rather amusing: Sunday, I preached the message “Blessed are the Faithful.” Mary is blessed by Elizabeth. But the blessing comes at the end of Mary’s long journey of faith.
And just a few hours after I preached this message, I witnessed a perfect example of this. I gave up on my Giants and went home. But remarkably, they did not give up on themselves. They did not quit believing they could win until the game was actually over. And they remarkably came out with a win.
Blessed are the faithful. Blessed are those who keep believing. The Giants did this, and they a won a game that didn’t really matter. When we do this, we win a crown that will last forever.
Blessed are the faithful. Blessed are those who keep believing till the end for the blessing that comes at the end.