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April 17, 2021

“The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:8b

Today was Opening Day! For t-ball, that is. Torsten’s team, the Vipers, won their game this morning 20-12. Torsten made a bunch of great plays, so that’s cool, but he certainly wasn’t the only one. All of the Vipers got off to a great start! And I like to think that I acquitted myself well in my debut outing as an assistant coach. What a joy to be out there with young people who are learning, working together, and having fun.

Baseball is a hard game to learn, and the first game of the t-ball season is always marked with lots of interesting moments. Last night at practice, the young boy who was standing on third as a baserunner looked up at me and said, “Coach? I have no idea what I’m supposed to do.” I responded, “Watch the hitter; if the ball is on the ground run toward home. If it’s in the air, wait to see if someone catches it.”

What I wanted to say was, “Yeah, I can relate!” Life can be overwhelming. We don’t always know what to do. Sometimes the thought of doing anything at all is simply too much.

I’ve thought about that a lot this week. There has been so much violence in our community and nation. So much pain. So much death. I’m not sure what I can do about it. It is paralyzing. I am numb, and I hate feeling numb.

Today’s Old Testament verse from the Daily Texts helps. The Lord’s commandment is clear. In what way? Well, in this season of Easter, I think it means that we are to open our eyes to the promise of new life, and to work for the sake of life in this world. Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alive, Christ cares about our lives, in the next world and in this world, too. If this is true, and it certainly is, it is our call to care for the people around us; to push back against the forces of despair and alienation that lead to suffering and death.

Coaching thirteen boys, ages five to seven, may not change the world. Then again, maybe it will. We have to start somewhere, and investing in our youth seems a good place. We all feel lost from time to time, uncertain of what to do or where to go. But the risen Christ stands among us, illuminating the path in front of us. A path that moves always to life.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Image: Post-victory smiles! We’re smiling under those masks. Note for y’all who aren’t from around here: The entire league is sponsored by the White Sox, so every team wears a different Sox-themed jersey. But we’re not the White Sox; we’re the Vipers. And no, I’m not making a habit of wearing Sox gear.

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