Spiritual Life: Captain John Clifton, Ilford Salvation Army

PUBLISHED: 09:55 13 February 2017


Things not going well? Take heart from New England Patriots

Having lived in Boston as a child, I was very excited that the other Sunday night the New England Patriots were facing the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

I got my Tom Brady ‘12’ jersey out and watched the game from the comfort of my settee. That comfort soon turned to dread as the Patriots found themselves down 28-3 early in the second half.

I wondered whether I should go to bed or stay awake and keep watching just in case “the impossible” happened!

I chose to stay up. What a relief that I did!

Under the leadership of veteran quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots clawed their way back to a 34-28 win, the first time a Super Bowl has gone to overtime.

Brady claimed a record fifth Super Bowl ring, and history was made. I didn’t get to bed until 4am, but I woke a couple of hours later fully inspired by what I had seen the Patriots do.

In the Gospel of Mark it says “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Jesus was answering a question from his disciples saying “who then can be saved?” when he had explained that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.

This week, you might feel like you’re 28-3 down with only half the game left to go. Take heart from the New England Patriots! More importantly, take heart from the promise of Jesus that says “all things are possible with God”.

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