Well, something huge happened in Cincy this week. (No, it wasn’t us having plenty of parking spots available for services – although that was true!) The Reds have clinched the National League Central Pennant!! It’s been 15 years since that happened!
Something huge happened not long ago with Pete Rose too. During a roast for Pete Rose to honor the anniversary of his record breaking hit, the historically cocky Charlie Hustle turned into the 69-year-old prodigal son of the Big Red Machine. He told the crowd of 500 or so that included former teammates (Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Cesar Geronimo, George Foster) that he messed up. That he essentially was guilty of gambling as charged. That he wanted to become an example of what you shouldn’t do when you have the opportunity to confess your sins.
“I disrespected the game of baseball. When you do that, you disrespect your teammates, the game and your family,” said Rose, sobbing along the way to the shock of everybody. He spoke of late baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti, who told Rose to “reconfigure” his life. Said Rose: “I didn’t know what that meant. It took me years and years… I’m a hard-headed guy… But I’m a lot better guy standing here tonight.”
Among other things, Bud Selig wanted Rose to admit what everybody already knew, and now Rose has done it — and more. Added Rose to that hushed ballroom, “You can talk about hits and runs and championship games…But I want my legacy to be that of somebody who came forward. If anybody has a problem here today, come forward. Don’t hide it…You can run, but you can’t hide. I got suspended 21 years ago. For 10, 12 years, I kept it inside. That’s changed. I’m a different guy. I love the fans. I love the game of baseball, and I love Cincinnati baseball.”
Wow! Perhaps my prayer for Peter Rose 2 years ago at the Oak Hills Sports Stag actually worked. (That’s another story for another time!)
Pete probably doesn’t realize it, but his words are a confirmation of Psalm 51:3. It states, “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” When you ‘fess up’ if you ‘mess up’, God will ‘bless up’!!
Hope you are planning on attending the big outdoor concert this coming Saturday afternoon on our property that will benefit the WCCC Food Pantry. It’s from 2-5pm with food, crafts, and Godspeed3. (Click here for a link to this event and group) I’ll be here – hope you will too!
Cincinnati – enjoy the Reds and their winning ways. Enjoy that God and Whitewater Crossing are winning too!
One of our newest members recently wrote the following on the back of her offering envelope. “Here are two golden dollars. Want you to know that this is the first church that I have enjoyed so much. I have been searching and searching for you and have finally found one. Thank you so much for lighting my golden stair to come to church. I love it here.”
Great things happen when we are “in Christ”! See you this weekend.