Make ’em Clap To This

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21: to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

After a crushing lost, my 12-year-old said to me, “Mom, you clap too much.  They scored a three on us and you were still clapping and yelling ‘Defense!’ AND you were the only one clapping.”

He’s not the first to scrutinize my style of clapping.  In church one Sunday, my sister looked over at me and asked, “Why do you clap so loudly.”  I didn’t have an answer at that time.  I  thought maybe it was because I have large hands or maybe it’s how I clamp my hands together.  So I’ve trained myself to clap lightly in church or give an ‘Amen’ or a ‘Hallelujah’ instead.  At games,  however, I’m a little less untrained and I don’t plan to change.

When we’re down by 20+ points, I still clap loudly because I know that it’s just a game and life goes on…“for ever and ever!Amen.”  I clap from the beginning of the first to the end of the fourth because I believe in come-backs and come-ups…..“to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine..” And as I will do so for the Falcons today, I clap because I believe in the moment.  Whether we have made it by the grace of God, as my co-worker said,  we’re here and we have another opportunity to put on a good game…..“according to his power that is at work within us.”

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