A World Series Moment

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This week I’ve been watching MLB League Championship Series with the National League and American League while looking forward to the World Series next week. As of this writing, the Boston Red Sox have a commanding 3-1 lead over Houston Astros in the American League and the L.A. Dodgers have a 3-2 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League. Though I’ve been a Cubs fan for many years, still I would enjoy seeing the Dodgers back in the World Series. Some of my favorite World Series games involve the Dodgers in the October classic.

One in particular which stands out in my mind was a number of years ago when Orel Hershiser was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They won the series and Orel, a dedicated Christian, was named the most valuable player. The TV Network which carried the series showed Orel in the dugout just before the ninth inning start in the final game. Orel was leaning against the wall and his lips were moving. It appeared that he was talking to himself-and TV personalities commented on it, speculating as to what he was saying to himself in that moment.

After winning the World Series, Orel Hershiser was a guest on the old Tonight Show and Johnny Carson asked him what he had been saying in the dugout. Orel responded, “I wasn’t saying anything.” But Carson persisted, “Well, then tell us what you were doing.” Finally, Orel replied, “I was singing.” So Johnny answered, “You were singing? I didn’t know you were a singer.” Orel answered, “Aw, I’m not.” Well, Johnny pressed on, “What were you singing? Sing it for us now.” Orel said, “Nah, I don’t want to sing.” But by that time the audience was chiming in, “C’mon, sing it, sing it to us!” So finally, Orel Hershiser started to sing, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below…” And Johnny Carson was speechless. The whole audience was dead silent. Then one person started clapping, and soon the whole audience joined in applause.

The Bible tells us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Orel Hershiser was ready for that beautiful moment to give a witness before a national audience. Let’s be ready for our own golden moment, perhaps to an audience of one, to shine the light on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And that’s more important than any World Series!

Have a Blessed Day,

Pastor Ron

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