Posted by: Laura Harbert Allen | February 3, 2009

The Winning Team

Did your team win on Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday?

My team won. Hallelujah!

Super Bowl XLIII pitted the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers were favored over the Cinderella Cardinals. It was a fierce contest that went right down to the closing seconds. The Cardinals surged ahead on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, only to lose the game when the Steelers completed a pass for the go ahead touchdown. Only one team could win the game and get the coveted Super Bowl trophy.

Which team were you rooting for?

There is a sense in which both teams won. Both teams came to win and they played the game well. Both teams played until the game was over; neither team gave up prematurely. The old maxim prevailed: It ain’t over till it’s over (Yogi Berra). Anyone who turned the channel or left the room did not see the winning touchdown. The winning touchdown was an amazing catch, an acrobatic catch to be sure.

Not long from now, few people will remember who caught the winning pass. A year from now, many people will not remember who won the 2009 super Bowl game. Now, imagine that. It will be time for Super Bowl XLIV.

On Sunday afternoon, Super Bowl Sunday, at 4:00 PM I participated in a wonderful church service in the Mon Valley district with clergy and laity. We worshipped God. We sang hymns. We prayed together. We heard the reading of the Holy Scripture. I had the opportunity to proclaim God’s Word. I was privileged to share with the Mon Valley District manifestation of the Jesus team. We received God’s rich blessings and inspiration. We were singed by hope and anointed by the Holy Spirit.

When you are on the Jesus team, there are no winners and losers, because our God is able. The victory is in Jesus who died on the cross for us. Our victory, therefore, is in Jesus Christ. We do not lose, because we daily press on toward the prize.  The imperishable prize is Jesus Christ.

I am rooting for the Jesus Team!!!



  1. yes, the Jesus team!! especially in our days now. with Christ, we can do all things. but what things are we trying to do? i would really like to hear from others how they are helping those in their communities who are struggling with cuts/economic problems.

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