Finally, TCBC softball is BACK! We've played 3 games since my last report, and we've won 3 times.
How can this be explained after our rough start? As you might have guessed, the answer is Jill. Yes, my wife Jill! 3 games ago, we were in a bind. We had 8 players (which is technically enough to play, but having only 2 outfielders is tough). So we looked around. And we saw Jim's expecting wife, Matt's wife, and then, flowing down the sidewalk, 2 daughters in tow, the most lovely lady you've ever seen: Jill. After a short negotiation with Matt's wife, Jill agreed to play. She played catcher. She batted 4 times, and 4 times hit the ball in fair territory on her first swing. And, as you know, we won the game. She didn't play in the next 2, but her indomitable spirit filled each player, including those new guys that I had never seen before but have joined our squad because at least 1/3 of the regular guys are gone every week.
May that spirit continue on.
Oh, and we visited the local Vineyard church last Sunday. My last visit to a Vineyard church was to the church in Anaheim (CA) as a middle schooler in the late 1980s. At that time, there was a good bit of, um, spirit. Apparently, that degree of spirit is much reduced, but I still really enjoyed the experience. The aesthetics of the stage were really lovely -- a deep blue/purple in contrast with my own church's stark white. The clergy and leaders are extremely open about spiritual struggles and encourage attenders to receive prayer both after the service and at a special healing prayer time. With quite a few of us struggling through grief, anger, etc. this summer, this is an excellent emphasis.