Notes from Jan

Sermons from the Sidelines

February 12, 2017

It’s been a week.

What a Super Bowl!

Sorta sorry I’m not a betting woman.  You’ll have to check with my grandson for verification but I predicted Patriots 34 and Atlanta 28 BEFORE the game started.  I thought each side would get 4 touchdowns and Pats would add two field goals for 34 points. Never imagined a come-from-behind overtime win.

By half time, I started rethinking my conviction that God doesn’t care about the Super Bowl and who wins.  Maybe all those Southern Baptists had God’s ear.  Then, rather than get into a theological debate, helped myself to more chips and guacamole at my nephew’s house to settle my stomach.


Must admit, it felt so good to scream about something other than the state of the nation.

Kevin Cullen in his February 6 Boston Globe column wrote,” In the end, it wasn’t about revenge.  It was about not giving up, about perseverance, about not panicking, about having a backup plan if the original plan isn’t working, about believing in yourself and your ability and in one another.”

After they’d won, I remember seeing the look on Tom Brady’s mother’s face.  She wore a scarf and the look of one who’s been ill.  We learned she’d endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  But, how her face lit up when she saw her son.

The game’s history, as is the duck boat parade down the snowy streets of Boston, but lessons linger.

On this Valentine’s weekend, I like how Cullen ended his piece.

“Many assumed winning was about rubbing it in Roger Goodell’s face.  But it turns out he(Brady) really wanted to win the game to put a smile on his mother’s face.  There’s something much stronger, sweeter and more satisfying than revenge.  It’s called love.”

Sideline sermons.

Good to remember, win or lose.


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  • Reply Lyn Shields February 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Jan, I love that you guessed the score right!! Also love your closing comments. I was so excited I actually went with a friend to the parade on Tuesday. I figured if I, a 68 year old woman was going in the cold and rain, the parade route would be packed and be one big happy fest. It was and we had a ball. Everyone just wanted to celebrate together. How nice. Love Lyn

  • Reply Ruth S. Wacome February 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Just beautiful, Jan!

  • Reply Sabine from Latvia February 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    What an encouragement and delight it is to read your stories! It is truly refreshing to read something that is so full of wisdom and light. Thank you for sharing your gift!

  • Reply wendy lane February 15, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Oh my goodness – so much meaning packed into the quotes you gave from Cullin’s article! Good stuff as always Mrs Carlberg! Go Patriots! 🙂

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