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Chaplain's Corner

By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul with his latest column

I expect most of you have either read or heard about the ex-Premier League winner and former England International who is hoping to have another sporting career. Rio Ferdinand is in training with aim to secure a professional boxers licence. This has raised more than a few eyebrows, with many asking why?

Why indeed, would someone at the age of 38 want to put himself through all the pain to become a boxer. Unlike some who go down this path, it is not for the money, but because he misses the challenge and competition of being an elite sportsman. It is also a way for him to cope with the loss of his wife to breast cancer, a couple of years ago.

Many top sportsman and women find it difficult to adjust to life after they retire.

Indeed, many suffer from chronic depression as they struggle to cope with life away from their “stage”. I am glad to say that there is more help at hand these days, especially in the form of chaplaincy.

The club chaplain, does not have a magic wand to change the situation, or the ability to take 10 years off the sports person’s life, but they do have a sympathic ear and a network of professional people who can give advice on preparing for the next stage of life. The chaplain is there for all seasons, but is most called on during life’s dark days.

Here at H&RBFC we may not have elite sports people, but we do have folks - players, officials and supporters, whose lives are greatly affected by the circumstances they find themselves in.

Some families have expanded (congrats to Dee & Sandy on the birth of baby Jack), others are about to. While some face the loss of a job or serious illness.

Life is very much like football. There are highs and lows, ups and downs. We all need to make the most of the good times and help each other through the tough ones. A player who is struggling for form needs the help of his team mates, the support of his manager and plenty of encouragement from the supporters.

This time of year, we see the change of the season, from summer into autumn, which will soon enough turn to winter. Our lives can be like the changing seasons. It is not always summer, when all is calm. Often, we experience the storms of winter.

In chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, which is in the Old Testament of the Bible, you can read these words. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven”.

In other words, God knows every season of our life’s, including the one you are in right now.

Updated 19:30 - 27 Sep 2017 by Rob Overfield

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