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The Miracle on Ice

Friday, March 15, 2019

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“Some things cannot possibly happen, because they are both too improbable and too perfect. The U.S. cannot beat the Russians in the 1980 Olympics. Jack Nicklaus cannot shoot 65 to win The Masters at age 46. Nothing else comes immediately to mind.” – Thomas Boswell, sports columnist

Do you remember where you were when the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team defeated the powerful – and supposedly unbeatable – Russian squad at Lake Placid NY? The Soviet Union had won the previous four gold medals and five of the last six. And no wonder, since their deep and talented team was comprised of mostly professional players with significant international experience. Meanwhile, the American squad led by coach Herb Brooks was the youngest in the tournament, the youngest in U.S. Olympic history, and consisted entirely of amateurs.

And yet, on the night of February 22, 1980, a small but unified team of collegians upset the mighty Soviets and made Olympic history. Down 3-2 at the start of the third and final period, Americans Mark Johnson and Mike Eruzione found the net to give the U.S. its first lead of the game. Then came announcer Al Michaels’ famous call…

“11 seconds, you've got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!”

Too improbable and too perfect. Just like the Golden Bear roaring back from ninth place after three rounds to claim his sixth green jacket at the 1986 Masters. Nicklaus shot an improbable six under par 30 on the back nine to defeat Tom Kite and Greg Norman by a single stroke and Seve Ballesteros by two.

Too improbable and too perfect. Just like the perfect and holy God of the universe sending His Only Son to live a sinless life, die a sacrificial death and then rise victoriously from the grave. All for you and all for me.

Do you believe in miracles? I sure do!

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:24-25a (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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