Last week marked the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Fourteen years have passed since commercial airliners we’re high-jacked and crashed into targets in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, taking the lives of almost 3,000 people, causing 10 billion dollars worth of structural damage and ultimately 3 trillion dollars in total costs. In addition to these tangible losses, September 11 was the defining cultural event of a generation, affecting the political, religious, military and financial agendas of millions of people.

In the immediate aftermath, our nation was shaken; third world violence had invaded a first world epicenter. Tuesday mornings were no longer safe, airports and subways were now suspicious. No one was sure of how to navigate this new world. The danger and anxiety was so palpable it seemed normalcy would never reappear.

But a week later, as the literal dust was still settling in lower Manhattan, sports returned. The slow, methodical, strategic nature of baseball could not be further removed from the urgency of fire fighters and ambulances. Like a bowl of soup after a fever or a pint of ice cream after a break up, the comforting change of pace allowed America to breath again.

The last fourteen years have seen wars fought, cities rebuilt and memorials erected. The most important topics at the highest levels of authority have been debated and implemented but it was a children’s game that initiated the healing of a nation.

Sports are not urgent, sports are not essential; sports are normal and normalcy is essential. People need sports to retreat and play. People need a way to Sabbath. It’s in that space where we learn, grow and heal (especially in regions where terrorism occurs more than every 14 years) There will always be pain – be it national terrorism or personal business but people will always need space to recharge and in that moment, when fresh air is offered, people will be receptive to good news, potentially even Good News.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28

Bubby Bryan
Director of Communications