Always in the Stands
Sing praises to God and to His name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the LORD - rejoice in His presence! Father to the fatherless, defender of widows - this is God, whose dwelling is Holy. God places the lonely in families (*God gives the desolate a home to live in); he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But for rebels, there is only famine and distress. Psalm 68: 4-6 (NLT) (*NRSV)
When Jason Robinson, from Wisconsin, was in school, his father attended all of his activities - football games, basketball games, wrestling tournaments. For a long time Jason thought it was only because of their close relationship. However, his support of student athletes continued until he was well into his sixties. Only at his father's funeral did he learn from his brother the true reason his father spent so much time at these events. Jason's father had told his brother: When I was in school, my parents never came to anything because they were always drunk or at the bar. I go to all these activities for the kids whose parents don't show up. They can count on me to be in the stands. I am always there so they have support from someone."
Though his father wasn't religious, his example reminds Jason of the way our Lord shows us love and hope by never leaving us alone. Much as his father was always in the stands for the kids, when Jesus ascended into heaven, he left the Holy Spirit to comfort us. We can place total faith and hope in that truth.
Prayer: Dear Father, continue to show us through others that You are always watching over and guiding us along life's path, in Jesus' name, amen.