February 21, 2022
“This is why I kneel before the Father. Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him.” Ephesians 3:14-15 CEB
Last Thursday I had the opportunity to see a Penn State Lady Lions basketball game played at the Bryce Jordan Center. There is much I could say about the setting, including the jumobotron, the Blue Band pep squad, the cheerleaders, and the game itself. Women’s sports have come a long way since I was a manager for the Lady Lions team in the early 1970’s.
There was no national anthem played since the band had played it at the men’s game prior to the women’s game. But there was an opening ritual. Nebraska’s team lined up on one end line, and the Lady Lions lined up at the other end line. The entire Lady Lions team and coaching staff all took a knee. The announcer asked the spectators to stand for a moment of silence in remembrance of the people of color in our nation who have died because of the color of their skin, and all those who have died of COVID-19 in our country.
A profound silence followed. Then the teams dispersed to their benches and the game began. Tears came to my eyes, tears of sadness for those lost as well as tears of pride that these young women knelt for a greater good.
The apostle Paul dedicated himself to teaching that the good news that in Jesus, “There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) The barrier-breaking work of Jesus was so complete that Paul overflowing with praise knelt.
Help me to greet each person this day as a beloved child of God. ~ Anne