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Chaplain’s Corner

5 months ago By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul Barker’s latest thoughts, from Monday’s programme...

Major sporting events are a cause for excitement and are a celebration of sporting excellence. We have just had the Winter Olympics and this month the Commonwealth Games take place on the west coast of Australia. The football World Cup will follow hot on its heels, together with many other sports which are having World or European Championships.

There are many opportunities to celebrate great sporting performances and achievements. Celebrations are not just to confined to the participants, but the family and friends will join in. Then there are the fans, some of whom may have had a wager on the outcome of a sporting encounter, and have benefitted financially from the result.

I expect most of you can recall some iconic sporting events that has led to great rejoicing. The summer of 1966 is still vivid in my memory. The whole country, football supporters or not, celebrated that famous victory. It was front page, back page and centre page in all newspapers. The television news only had one story worth reporting on. How refreshing to have good news for once!!

The celebrations went on for days. The lives of the whole team would never be the same again and their names will always be part of our sporting history. The fact that England has failed to get anywhere near winning the World Cup since, means that what they achieved is still unique for English footballers.

Of course, it is not only sporting occasions that give us a reason to celebrate. As a nation, we love a royal wedding (although I can’t understand why Harry and Meghan have chosen cup final day to tie the knot) or a royal anniversary of any description, basically any excuse to have a party and sometimes a national holiday is thrown in for good measure.

On a smaller scale, we have celebrations within our own families. A special birthday, wedding or the birth of a child are usually good reasons for a family get together.

Once the party is over and everything is cleared up, then it’s back to life as usual.
The Easter weekend, in my opinion, gives us the greatest cause to celebrate. It is the celebration of the greatest event that has ever taken place in the history of mankind.

Celebrations of this event have been going on throughout the world for over 2,000 years. On the first Easter Sunday Jesus was seen alive again following His crucifixion on Good Friday. He had been buried in a tomb, but now was up and about again.

He had conquered death!! Now I really think this is one event that is worth getting excited about and having a celebration.
If there was a T.V. commentary of the events of Good Friday I’m sure they would have used a phrase that was to become associated with the events of the summer of 1966 “They think it’s all over………… well it is now”, as Jesus breathed His last. How wrong they were!!

Updated 07:03 - 5 Apr 2018 by Rob Overfield

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