Spiritual Practice


Adrian Agachi

The trembling roar pounded inside my heart. I felt as if the entire stadium would collapse under the thunder of our voices as we struggled to push our team to victory.

Yet, surrounded by the cheering of thousands, I began to feel a deep silence. Intuitively, I turned my attention within. I sensed that my relationship with these people was somehow different. We were all united, sharing the same feeling. We had the same heart. Although our favorite team was losing the game, we kept singing. We kept encouraging our players because we loved them. We did not care whether they won or lost. We were ready to comfort them in their loss and to greet them in their victory. The love for our team that I shared with other fans was something beyond winning or losing.


All the believers were one in heart and mind.
Acts 4:32a (NIV)

Use the image of a crowd at a sporting event to express what it means to be God’s people.

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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