Magazine article Anglican Journal

Olympic Spirit

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Olympic Spirit

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WITH GREAT excitement we have followed the crosscountry journey of the Olympic torch, the longest domestic trek of the torch in Olympic history. By the time it reaches its destination in Vancouver, it will have passed through 1,000 communities across Canada.

In every place there have been great crowds on hand. The very first sight of the torch has moved young and old alike to erupt with cheers of delight and national pride in hosting these ancient games. When the torch finally touches the great cauldron erected in Vancouver, the 2010 Winter Olympics will begin.

For a couple of weeks, we will all be caught up in watching these games, following with particular interest one sport or another. We will be part of a great global audience cheering on the athletes who have trained for years. Sometimes we will be sitting in poised silence, sometimes standing in absolute dismay, and sometimes jumping in ecstatic joy. As the flags go up and the medals are presented, we are all moved with pride in the athletes.

Is it any wonder that the New Testament writers, familiar as they were with the ancient Olympic Games, used images associated with them to encourage the followers of Christ to be steadfast in their faith? …

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