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Justin McRoberts

By Justin McRoberts

This, then, is how it’s best to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:9-13

The one piece of sports activities memorabilia I personal is a baseball autographed by the 1974 Oakland Athletics. The ball is particular for just a few causes: first, as a result of 1974 is my beginning 12 months and second, the A’s received their third-straight World Collection title (and their eighth as much as that time). However greater than all of that, the baseball belonged to my father and is likely one of the only a few issues I held on to after his loss of life. Simply as he had carried out, I preserve the ball in a glass show field to maintain it comparatively secure from mud . . . or a small set of arms.

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When my son, Asa, turned 4 and began enjoying baseball, he grew to become extra within the glass-encased ball and started asking questions on it. Principally, although, he needed to take it out and play with it. Fumbling round for tactics to elucidate why it was off-limits, I instructed him that some issues are useful for private causes. I talked about my dad and my affinity for Oakland sports activities. I couldn’t fairly inform how a lot of what I stated made sense to him. Regardless, he stopped asking to play with the ball and left it alone.

For some time.

Someday about halfway by way of my son’s second season as a Little Leaguer, I walked into my workplace to seek out that my autographed 1974 Oakland A’s World Collection baseball had been faraway from its protecting glass case. It was now resting on a small salad plate and was lined by a translucent plastic bowl. Within the glass case that initially housed my sacred baseball sat a ball that Asa’s coach had given him only a few days earlier to commemorate his first multi-hit recreation. This ball didn’t characteristic names like Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter, or Reggie Jackson. As an alternative, it bore simply three phrases, written in blue ballpoint pen: Sport Ball Asa.

My son knew the glass case was for particular baseballs. He needed to share that house with me. He needed his identify there.

Items aren’t particular as a result of they’re stored out of the attain of others. Fairly the other, in truth. The worth of a present is rooted in its nature as a present; it have to be given. In being given, its worth is established and even multiplied. That baseball I stored in a glass case was simply one of many 150,000 baseballs used within the 1974 main league season till somebody handed it across the Oakland A’s locker room to be signed.

Then, for some time, it was one of many few thousand baseballs autographed by skilled athletes that very same 12 months. When my father introduced it house after which handed it right down to me, it grew to become a really totally different sort of particular. Years later, that baseball grew to become a means for me to see and perceive one thing about the best way my father noticed me. He cherished and valued that baseball. I have to be somebody very particular to him if he needed me to have it.

The facility in a present is that it modifications the recipient.

Initially of the Lord’s Prayer, I’m invited to name myself a toddler of God and a member of God’s household. Praying “hallowed be your name” takes me additional, recognizing that the One whose household I’m claiming as my very own is the exact same One in whom all issues have been created: issues in heaven and on earth, seen and invisible, whether or not thrones or powers or rulers or authorities. He’s the One by way of whom all issues have been created. The One who’s earlier than all issues and in whom all issues maintain collectively.

I’m a toddler of that God.

I’m a member of that household.

That’s a bit like being handed The Most Wonderful and Sacred Baseball of All Time and listening to, “Right here. This
is yours.” After which, anticipating to see the recognizable names of revered heroes of religion and historical past,
discovering my very own identify as a substitute.

It doesn’t matter what my son cognitively understood or didn’t perceive, he emotionally assumed a really particular place in my life, my world, and my coronary heart. This prayer is asking you and me to do the identical . . . however on a cosmic, divine scale.

The above article is excerpted from Could It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer by Justin McRoberts (@justinmcroberts) and Scott Erickson (@scottthepainter). Copyright © 2019 by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson. Printed by WaterBrook, an imprint of Random Home, a division of Penguin Random Home LLC, on September 24, 2019. Utilized by permission of WaterBrook. waterbrookmultnomah.com. Pages 39-41. All rights reserved.

BIO: Justin McRoberts is an creator, musician, and retreat chief. He lives within the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Space along with his spouse and two kids.

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