Thursday, August 9, 2012
Australians rejoicing with Sally Pearson
By Jonathan Mayne with the Press Service International team at the London 2012 Olympics
Special to ASSIST News Service
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Such is the emotion and exhilaration we experience at being there when Olympic history is made. Australian hurdler Sally Pearson on Tuesday (August 7, 2012) is about to run the 100 meters hurdles and right around Olympic Park every Aussie is holding their collective breath.
The entire 80,000 spectators fall silent as a hush falls over the stadium to be broken only by the crack of the starterís pistol and Sallyís away to a strong start. She clears the first hurdle in the lead, over the second, the lead increases just slightly.
Dawn Harper and Kelly Wells are going hard on the far side. Then in what seems like the blink of an eye itís all over. Iím watching on the big screen as the BBC zoom onto Sally, hands on hips catching her breath and obviously looking up to the electronic scoreboard to see the result. She doesnít know if sheís won or not.
I think she has won it and Iím still holding my breath. Suddenly after what seems like an age, Sally throws her hands in the air and drops to the ground . . . YES!
My pulse is racing . . . and Iím only watching.
Christians celebrate a gracious Creator with awesome power. As Christians we donít know what will happen next in our race as we struggle against the odds but we can know how it will finish. We have the promise of our Lord and Savior, no less than Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us, rose again to take away our sins and will always be with us.
As we embrace Jesus we can be guaranteed right now a place on a podium of even greater significance and unlike the rewards of this world, He has the authority to grant to us the eternal prize that nobody can take away.
Jonathan Mayne from Melbourne Australia is part of the Lay Witnesses for Christ International (LWFCI) team in London as part of the Bridging the Gap 2012 UK Outreach ministry team. He is also reporting for the Press Service International team and is a former national canoe champion and serves on the respective International Committees for Canoe and Dragon Boat Federations. He is married to Jenny who is pictured here with him
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