Posts Tagged ‘football’

As the title of today’s post suggests, today has been a bit of a “black” day for me, with a number of upsetting and sad events/news reaching me.

Firstly, I received a phone call from a work mate to let me know that the young boy murdered earlier this week in Blantyre was the nephew of one of my managers. I was obviously shocked by the news and as it began to sink in I felt very numb and useless as words just simply aren’t adequate to express how I feel nevermind how his family and friends must be feeling.

I had read the story of Reamonn Gormley’s murder in the papers on Wednesday – he was killed in an unprovoked attack on Tuesday evening after he left a local pub where he’d been watching the Aberdeen v Celtic football match, to go home. You can read more about this on the STV news site:

I cannot begin to imagine how Reamonn’s family and friends are feeling, but I do know that many people (including many who never knew Reamonn) will be praying for them at this time. During a time like this I’m sure they may feel God has deserted them, however that couldn’t be further from the truth – God is there and He does care.

Ever since I heard the news I’ve found I can’t get it out my mind, and therefore I’ve spent a lot of time today in quietness praying – Praying that Reamonn’s family and friends will be aware of God’s presence and the comfort and love He can provide for them. I didn’t know Reamonn, however like many others he and his family and friends, have been in my thoughts and prayers today.

The next “black” spot on my day was this afternoon when for a number of hours I experienced some of the worst pain I’ve had in some time. As many of you will know, I’ve struggled with a lot of pain for some time, however today’s was at more severe level than it has been for some time. Thankfully now I’m just about pain free again, so that “blackness” is now more “grey”.

As if my day couldn’t have any more blackness, just before dinner tonight, I got a phone call from my Mum to tell me that my Aunt (my Dada’s sister who lives in Ipswich) had phoned to say my Uncle had died yesterday. He had been in hospital for a few days, but hadn’t been to well for quite some time. Even though my Uncle hadn’t been well for a while it’s still awful when you hear the news that a family member has died. I think for Mum (and probably Dad too), what makes this worse is that because my Aunt and Uncle live in Ipswich, there’s no way they can travel down there to support my Aunt and the rest of their family during this time or for the funeral.

I spent quite a lot of time with my Aunt and Uncle over the years – Mum, Dad and me used to spend most of our summer holidays with my Aunt and Uncle and their family right up until my latter teenage years. I also spent 4 weeks with them in Perth, Australia one summer when my Uncle spent several years working for the university in Perth.

Rest in peace Reamonn. Please keep Reamonn and his family and friends in your prayers during these awful days.

Rest in peace Uncle Michael. Please keep my Aunt and the rest of my family in your prayers in the coming days.

Thank you.

After 4 weeks, this weekend sees the end of the 2010 World Cup. So what have you thought of this year’s tournament? What were the highlights for you? And the worst bits?

The highlight for me was just how enthusiastically all the African countries supported one another in each game. Their supporters were all so colourful and so full of energy and enthusiasm, they were wonderful to watch and to listen too!

And the worst bit of the world cup for me? Having to put up with all the biased English commentators! How many times did they g on about England going to win the world cup? Teehee! They couldn’t have got that more wrong could they! And what really got me was the number of times they mentioned 1966! Talk about living in the past! Move on, this is 2010 and English are not going to win the world cup!

So this final weekend, who do you think is going to win, Holland or Spain? Personally I think Holland will win as I think they have more skill and power up front and in midfield than Spain do. Although I do agree that Spain have some fabulous players too, but I just think overall holland are stronger.

Given how good I’ve been at predicting the world cup results so far I’ve probably picked the wrong team to win! Whoever wins, I hope it’s a great game and that there are no controversial moments in the game to spoil the end result.

So we’re now two weeks into the World Cup 2010, and are now at the round of the last 16.

The group stages saw a number of surprise score lines, and resulted in two of the “big name” countries, France and Italy, departing the tournament at the end of the group stages. Then there were the surprises of the tournament – I’m sure we all have our own views on who they have been, but the surprises to me are New Zealand, who I know didn’t make it out the group stage, but, boy did they play well, particularly against Italy.

For me the best team so far have been Argentina. Others such as Brazil and German have had their moments, but have also looked quite suspect at times. So my prediction for world cup glory is Argentina. As a complete outsider to lift the trophy, I would go for Japan, as they have played very well and looked well organised and confident.

But who has impressed you? Who do you think looks good enough to go all the way and lift the trophy in a few weeks time?

Passionate About…

Posted: May 24, 2009 in life, religion
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…my faith, of course!

However like many thousands around the country today, I was passionate about football too. Don’t worry folks, the main point of this post is NOT football!

Today was the last day of both the Scottish Premier League (SPL) season and the English Premiership (PL) season. In the SPL the title was up for grabs while in the PL the big issue was the fight to avoid relegation and in both leagues European places were still to be decided. With so much at stake for all clubs involved in any of these battles, tensions were running high. Players and supports alike showed great passion for their teams in their bid to help them get the required results.

How about you :

  • What are you passionate about?
  • Are you passionate about your faith?
  • Are you passionate about God?

God wants us to be more passionate about Him, about your faith, about Jesus, than you are about anything else. Are you? If you are not, ask God to help you become more passionate in your faith, in Him.

The song “Passion” by Kutless expresses how passionate God is about us, every single one of us, and explains why we should be just as passionate about Him:

Within my mind’s eye
Flickering from the past
Come images that terrify and calm
A paradox in me

Nail pierced hands they run with blood
A splitting brow forced by the thorns
His face is writhing with the pain yet it’s comforting to me

He chose to give it all
Jesus endured the pain
Paying a debt I owed and created a paradox in me

Nail pierced hands they run with blood
A splitting brow forced by the thorns
His face is writhing with the pain yet it’s comforting to me

And in my heart I know that you’re the only one
Who could of came and died, a sacrifice
As your God’s only son

Nail pierced hands they run with blood
A splitting brow forced by the thorns
His face is writhing with the pain yet it’s comforting to me

You can find out more details about Kutless on their official site:

You can find out more details about the film “The Passion” that the clips in the above video are from, at it’s official site:

I did not have to look far for inspiration for today’s post, as many of the headlines today remind us that today marks the 20th anniversary of the day when 96 football supporters lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough.

Today many will spend time remembering the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful day in Hillsborough, in 1989 – those who were there, those who lost family members or friends, those associated with the clubs involved as well as all the rest of us who remember where we were and what we were doing when the news of the unfolding tragedy came through – I was sitting in my bedroom watching the snooker on the TV when there was a news flash to inform us what was happening. I still remember to this day the shocking scenes/pictures that came through from Hillsborough and the shock and disbelief I felt at what I was seeing/hearing.

I cannot comprehend what it was like for those who were at Hillsborough that day – all I was able to then when the news came through, and all I am able to do now is pray for those affected by the tragedy.

Today I ask that you remember in prayer those whose lives were affected by the Hillsborough tragedy. Those who were there and survived and those who lost loved ones still need our prayers – their physical pain may have gone, but their loss is still profound.

Remember the 96.

Remember those killed in the other football disasters where UK teams were involved:
Heysel…39 people lost their lives…

Bradford…56 people lost their lives…

Ibrox…66 people lost their lives…

Please remember them all.