|Jan 30, 2013||The Fix|
|Jan 29, 2013||Fishless|
|Jan 28, 2013||My Job's Harder|
|Jan 27, 2013||What You See Is What You Carry|
|Jan 26, 2013||Thatís Bad, Thatís Good|
|Jan 25, 2013||Defender of the Weak|
|Jan 24, 2013||Clean|
|Jan 23, 2013||Bleacher Chatter|
|Jan 21, 2013||The Lively Street|
|Jan 19, 2013||Lover Boy|
|Jan 18, 2013||A Patient Man|
|Jan 17, 2013||Silent Performance|
|Jan 16, 2013||Almost Infinitesimal|
|Jan 15, 2013||A Prayer for the Warrior|
|Jan 14, 2013||Money, Money, Money|
|Jan 12, 2013||Temper, Temper|
|Jan 10, 2013||The Idealist|
|Jan 9, 2013||The Parenthood Club|
|Jan 8, 2013||Faith and Luck|
|Jan 2, 2013||Spring Ball|
Title: Spring Ball
Date: January 02, 2013
In early spring, Little League teams are on baseball diamonds nearly every evening. In the north, if it is not rainy, cold, or blowing hard, then it is not spring baseball. Parents in parkas and mittens stomp in place to keep blood in their toes. I once saw a sixth grader pitch a 45-mile per hour fastball, which slowed to 15 mph as it crossed home plate, because the cold took the heat right out of it. Even with the bone-chilling cold, the game remains competitive. The players play to win. There are rivalries among the town teams, and arguments and agreements the next day in the schoolyard about why she should have been out, who had the best catch, and why the ump favors the other team.
One evening, Wendell, a gifted sixth grade pitcher, was on the mound, playing to win, and concentrating by pitching hot and straight. His team was leading by three, but the bases were loaded with one out. Kathy, a fourth grader with ruffled socks, was up to bat for her first time ever.
Her first base coach glanced at Wendell on the mound; Wendell looked him in the eye, smirked, and jerked his chin up, as if to say, "Watch this."
He slow lobbed perfect strikes. On the third pitch, Kathy hit a short grounder near the mound. Wendell scooped it, ran, and then tagged the runner going home. He could have thrown Kathy out at first, too, but did not; instead, he winked at her first-base coach.
Let's Pray: Thanks God, for Your children who can see beyond themselves. Amen.
Be moved by compassion.
Colossians 3:12 “…put on a heart of compassion…”