No longer being a fan of football, I was unaware of the tragic event that occurred to Mr. Hamlin prior to posting my prior blog on StandAndPray 2023. What really caught my attention was how many football fans were suddenly motivated to pray in response to the tragedy. Would it not have been better to Stand And Pray during the playing of the national anthem to include a prayer for the safety and well being of all the players? No, what we as humans do is pray after a negative event has happened.
Next Sunday football fans across the world will be likely asked to stand for a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Hamlin. Some of you football fans might even take that opportunity to say a silent prayer. But, then you will go right back into the human behavior where you remain standing with your hand over your heart , and your beer in your other hand to honor your nation during the playing of the national anthem.
Prayerfully, Mr. Hamlin will recover. Prayerfully you will not be asked to stand at a future football game in memory of Mr. Hamlin.
So now I will ask you again. Before your next football game or any sporting event, can you simply StandAndPray during the national anthem?