This week my son had two games against a team that had a child with special needs. The first game, the other team had him as starting pitcher and he threw out the first two pitches. Everyone cheered for him as he left the mound. Tonight’s home game, after the game was over, our team pitched him ‘the final out’. The young man took the plate and struck out after three swings. The most amazing part? After the game was over seeing the other team completely embrace this young man. They hugged him, loved up on him. He look incredibly loved and well cared for by the other young men on the team. There was a father who was standing next to me waiting for the next game who remarked, “Now that’s sportsmanship, that gave me the chills”. Gave me hope in the youth of today and reminded me, yet again, that we are to love our neighbor.
Anyway, of all the pictures I’ve taken up to this point, this one moves me the most. It certainly is not the most technically proficient, I left my camera at home and shot it with my cell phone. It was just so sweet seeing the other kids embrace him well after the game was over.
“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49