We are just over 96 hours until the game coverage begins.  Everyone will make their picks for their favorite team.  Small and large parties alike are scheduled in homes, bars, clubs, churches, etc. all across the nation.  One of the largest T.V. audiences will gather in front of millions of televisions to watch the big game, enjoy the commercials, and critique the half time show.  Some will gather, not because they like the teams playing, but simply because they want to be with their family and friends.  Good friends, good food, and hopefully a good game will characterize this coming Sunday Night.  The Super Bowl is upon us...let the countdown begin.

Second, the Super Bowl is literally upon us.  It is right here in Atlanta.  Tides of Rams and Patriot fans have been seeping upon the shores of Atlanta.  Each new tide brings more of each.  Downtown has come alive with parties, events, concerts, and decorations in anticipation of the big game.  Jan and I tried to get tickets to the game but could not afford the $3,500 per ticket cheap seats.  I will watch the game from the comfort of my own recliner! Having the game in my own backyard did not necessarily mean that I would get to go.  However, it has been fun watching all the hype leading up to the game. 

Our city will be filled with celebrities, sports figures, and news people from around the world.  For a few hours Atlanta will be the center of known civilization.  The anticipated viewing audience is over 100 million viewers!   The headlines of who won the game will be spread around the world seconds after the game clock runs out.  The talk around the office water fountains around the country will begin with "How 'bout them____________?"  The blank to be filled in with either the "Rams" or the "Patriots."  Some with talk about their favorite commercial while others will focus on the half time show.    I am sure there are still places in the world that will not know that a game was even played. 

Roughly 2,000 years ago a man was born and died and rose again.  I am sure that I cannot even give a close estimate of the numbers of people who have had their lives changed by that story over the past 2,000 plus years.  From small towns to large metropolitan areas structures have been erected for the proclamation of this wonderful story.  Not just one Sunday a year, but every Sunday and sometimes Saturday and Wednesday and in some places every day of the week the story continues to be proclaimed.  Millions upon millions down through the years have entered this great sporting event often referred to as a race.  It is our time, in our generation, to run the race.  "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2).

This is my story...