Go Jimmy Graham!

Jimmy Graham | New Orleans Saints

Jimmy Graham | New Orleans Saints (Photo credit: Football Schedule)

Since it is Halloween and I am thinking about my two grandkids, I decided to share a cute story concerning my four-year-old grandson.  I will call him Luke.

My daughter and her children live about an hour away from New Orleans.  The New Orleans Saints are very big in their home town and we are all Saints fans.

Earlier this year, my daughter’s husband adopted a dog from a local shelter.  The shelter had named the dog “Jimmy Graham” after the Saints’ tight end.  Jimmy was a beautiful dog; however he was also very busy and was routinely eating up furniture, doors, and walls…  My daughter worked with him as best she could, but in the end the family had to say good-bye to Jimmy Graham when they found him a new family with lots of yard for him to play in and be mischievous.  Luke took the good-bye the hardest.  He made friends quickly with Jimmy Graham and being a four-year-old boy, was likewise mischievous.  They were in a way “kindred spirits”.

Along comes football season.  My daughter and family were watching the New Orleans Saints in their living room.  The kids were playing nearby and could hear the cheers and jeers depending on how the game was going.  It was not long that Jimmy Graham, the Saints football player, caught a pass and was headed for the goal line.  My daughter and husband were yelling, “Go Jimmy Graham!”.  This immediately caught the ear of Luke, who jumped up in front of the TV and yelled out in amazement, “My DOG turned into a MAN?”.  This was followed by, “…AND HE’S A FOOTBALL PLAYER?… GO JIMMY GRAHAM, IT’S ME LUKE!  I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!”.

Luke’s love for his dog was so great, that he did not mind the separation if it meant that Jimmy Graham could become a man!

I just love kids.  They see the world through eyes that are so innocent and so loving. Pure Love. Love like God intended it to be.

I will be watching the Saints this weekend.  I will be rooting for Jimmy Graham…  but, it is Luke who makes Grams proud!

C’est Bon,

Love,

Sherry

Thank you Tom Benson

Pelican stained-glass window, First Congregati...

Pelican stained-glass window, First Congregational Church, Amherst, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season, owner of the New Orleans Hornets, Tom Benson, announced that he had officially changed the nickname of the team to the Pelicans.  I did not think much about it at the time. I thought that it was appropriate; the pelican is the Louisiana State Bird; but gave it no other thought.

Until…my husband and I visited the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama.  The Temple is throughout designed to give glory, honor, and praise to our Lord.  Every feature of this Temple was carefully thought out from the angels to the intricate marble flooring, the 55 foot, 24 carat gold-leafed sanctuary wall, to the main altar.

My eyes were jetting back and forth between multiple beautiful and glorious objects when I caught sight of the image on the main altar.  My goodness, it was a Pelican!  I did not understand the significance of this image until I later picked up and read a Shrine brochure.

The brochure states, “The altar is inlaid with a glass and gold mosaic of a pelican, piercing its breast to feed its young.  It was long believed that if a pelican could not find food to feed its young, it would sacrifice itself to nourish them with its own blood.  The pelican is considered a symbol of Christ and His Sacrifice on Calvary. The pelican is ofter depicted on altars, since it is from the altar that we are fed the very Body and Blood of our Lord.”

I was stunned. All these years living in a state where the pelican is the state bird and on the state flag and I had never heard of the pelican being a symbol of Christ.  I quickly shared this discovery with my husband, who promptly stated that we needed to thank Tom Benson.  I gave him a puzzled look, and he explained that Tom Benson had named the Hornets the Pelicans, and now the state of Louisiana had not only the Saints but also the Pelicans.  Of course…..Saints….Pelicans….now I saw a great significance in this new name!

So, thank you Tom Benson!

When I see and hear of the Pelicans, it will forever more remind me of my Lord and his great sacrifice for me and for all of mankind.

C’est Bon

Love,

Sherry

English: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament ...

English: Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, Alabama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)