It’s been a while, it’s been a while

Sectionals were this weekend. There was one point where I wasn’t sure if we were going to move on to Regionals, if today was going to be the last time that I would get to play with my team. It was a terrifying moment.

But don’t worry. We moved on. We didn’t win out but we’re moving on. We played well and made progress and really learned a lot. I’m so proud of my team and how much they’ve (we’ve) grown. One of the guys was telling us about when he had to present to the student government here at IWU about our club. One of the things that they really wanted to know about was ministry. What’s your ministry, how are you Christ out there. Matt talked about how we pray after every game and always invite the other team to join us. And I love that. I love that about our team. And today I’m especially thankful for it.

We finished our (first) game against Valpo and we circled up to pray and as usual, one of our guys prayed and one of their guys prayed. When their guy prayed, he said a few words about his “buddy Jake, who went to be with You last night.” It was a vulnerable moment, and it was such a blessing to me and a realization of how strong this community is. After the prayer was over, a couple of our guys stuck around to give him hugs and talk with him and it made me so grateful. Grateful for a community that doesn’t judge, that connects quickly, that’s down to gather up and pray even if they don’t know what to say.

Another thing that I really love is the Doxology. Our team sings it in the huddle at least two times a weekend and it has been getting better and better. It started out as a joke, something we did after a practice when we were all just screwing around and then all of a sudden, we were doing it at tournaments. The harmonies have gotten so much better and it gets us so pumped. A couple of guys have picked up the bass and there are some tenors in there and then there are us girls hammering away at the top notes and when we get to the “Amen” it feels like we’re invincible.

Have you ever been to an orchestra performance or listened to a soundtrack and gotten so excited at some point, when something was really well done, or when the music crescendos, but standing up and applauding would be so weird? Yeah its that feeling except we start screaming and jumping around. It’s sick. And its a good reminder of why we’re there.

All in all, a good weekend. Aaron Murray knows my name and I got to high-five Tyler Digeralimo. I’m happy.