A Tough Lenten Task

There is a favorite thing that I’m supposed to give up for Lent, but blogging, soccer and trips to the beach are not on the list.

This weekend I have the tough assignment of carrying Number One son and one of his Grissom High Tiger teammates down to Orange Beach, Alabama for the Island Cup Soccer Tournament. I know, I know, it’s a sacrifice–very much in keeping with the spirit of Lent–but somebody’s got to do it.

We have two matches today and hopefully a semifinal and final tomorrow. If we make to the final Saturday night, I’ll be facing a dilemma considering how it’s scheduled at the same time that J.J. Redick and the other Duke seniors will be playing their last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the team whose name we dare not speak. I’ll just have to cross that bridge when we I get to it, but Number Three if you’re reading this, please be sure to set the DVR to record the game–thanks.

It has been almost two years since I’ve been to Orange Beach and about a year and a half since Hurricane Ivan ravaged the city. The denizens of this resort community have done a great job of cleaning up and rebuilding, but the project is still ongoing–utility and construction workers speaking mostly Spanish filled the lobby of my hotel when I went down to get my morning coffee and banana nut muffin. There are essentially no dunes, and the beach is now a broad plateau and much easier to traverse, evidence of the extensive erosion and subsequent dredging post-hurricane. Overall, I’m impressed with the look of the city and the resiliency of the people here to reconstruct both their buildings and their way of life.

Granted, there are tougher Lenten tasks than standing around Orange Beach, Alabama in seventy degree weather without a cloud in the sky watching the Grissom Orange play “The Beautiful Game.” I’m thankful this morning for the grace of a God who calls us to a season of repentence, but does not begrudge us a little fun, sun and soccer along the way.

  1. Jason Bybee

    Have you ever visited the Church of Christ Aggregator? Sounds scary, I know.

    Seriously, you can follow the link from my blog and check it out. It’s simply a compilation of several C of C bloggers out there. As I’ve told you before, your stuff is great, and I think others would really enjoy your diverse writings. You should consider registering. Share the love, bro.

  2. mike the eyeguy


    I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I hope your class went well and that you’re a lot smarter now than you were at the beginning of the week…uh, that didn’t come out quite right but I think you know what I mean.

    I’ve looked at that aggregator thingy before but I’m ashamed to say that I couldn’t figure out how to register or add my feed or whatever it is they call it. It looks like you need some kind of password. Suggestions?

  3. DJG

    Do you visit Tacky Jack’s at Orange Beach?? We have been there once since Ivan. I have not stayed there since. But I love it there!

    Have fun. Lent is so much more than giving up, it is more about looking up!

  4. mike the eyeguy

    djg said: “Lent is so much more than giving up, it is more about looking up!”

    Nice observation, I like that.

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