United We Stand?

For the next few weeks most of us will.


Around 6:30 Central Standard Time tonight, millions will sit tuned in to NBC for the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics that are being held in controversial Beijing, China. I will be one of those millions watching the Olympic flame being escorted to its temporary home for the duration of these summer games. And I’ll have goose bumps because of the unity I sense for our nation. For the good ole US of A. From August 8-24, 2008, those who consider America their home will unite. We’ll find ourselves cheering on swimmers like Natalie Coughlin and our beloved and highly decorated, Michael Phelps. Gymnasts such as Jonathan Horton and Bridget Sloan are sure to stun crowds. Let’s not forget our track star, Tyson Gay, who is certain to run his hiney off. Did I say that out loud? Over the course of the next 17 days, sport-loving Americans will root the red, white and blue on to victory. We’ll watch behind the scene stories that Matt Lauer is sure to cover on the Today show. We’ll get emotional and even shed a tear as we watch and learn about people who have beaten the odds to be where they are today. We’ll see families who go into debt to make the journey and they won’t even think twice about it. We’ll see proud fathers in the stands wearing T-shirts with their daughter’s faces on them. Their chests will be puffed out just a wee bit more as she nails her landing or finishes her race. It won’t matter that some of us are black and some are Hispanic. The fact that we follow Christ or Allah won’t even come into play. Whether you are voting for McCain or Obama…that won’t deter you from cheering with your neighbor. In fact, McCain and Obama will be cheering for the same team. And they’ll mean it. Maybe it’s because I’m simple-minded and easily pleased, but I find the Olympic games quite fascinating.

16 thoughts on “United We Stand?”

  1. You wrote that beautifully. I want my kiddos to read your post…it will help them “get it” and want to watch the Olympics. You are amazing! love to you!

  2. I love swimmer Dara Torres, she’s a 41 or 42 year old mom in her 3 Olympic game, she tells them to drug test me. She’s admirable for her swimming and her physique.

    I can’t wait for the games!!

  3. I too am a FAN of the Olympics, I still remember watching Kerry Strug land it after her ankle injury one hot summer day. As a military wife, the Olympics feels like a reprieve from the constant drama and politics that divide our nation. A nation divided is hard on our troops, they often feel a lack of understanding and support when we bicker about the politics of war so the Olympics is more than a sporting event for my family, it’s a moment when I feel like everyone stops shouting and supports America, is proud to be American, and it makes me even more proud of my husband and the 1000’s of troops protecting all of the freedoms and luxuries we have here in the good ol US of A!

  4. Great perspective ~ it’s so true. It is definitely something that unites us ~ at least I hope so! I LOVE the Olympics. I used to dream about going (track, swimming, diving ~I’m sure there were others) ~ Matthew says I am going to groom one of our kids to go. 🙂 I had a cousin go to the last winter games as one of our lugers. It was the coolest feeling to see him there (on TV).

  5. Reminds me of this

    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
    For brethren to dwell together in unity!

    It is like the precious oil upon the head,
    Running down on the beard,
    The beard of Aaron,
    Running down on the edge of his garments.
    It is like the dew of Hermon,
    Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
    For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
    Life forevermore.

    Psalm 133

  6. Somebody TiVo this for me pleeease!! I won’t be able to see it since I have to go to a wedding (what sucks even more it’s not even my wedding!!)

    p.s. Cindy you forgot about me 🙂

  7. I love watching the Olympics. And yes, I get goosebumps too. I remember the 1984 summer Olympics when Mary Lou Retton won the gold medal in gymnastics. I got goosebumps even then!

  8. i love them too. We are getting our Vista computer to download a bunch of non-broadcasted stuff and my husband is hooking it up to the tv. that way my girls can watch the equestrian events and stuff like that.

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