For some unknown reason, I have been getting into NASCAR lately. Maybe it is because my father has moved to North Carolina, the home of NASCAR. Maybe it is because I now have a son, and I can see something other than Barbie in my future. Maybe it is the timing of the movies Cars, and Talladega Nights. Maybe it is a combo of all of it, but I watched my first NASCAR race today. I thought it would be just three hours of drivers making left turns. But, when I turned it on I was met with a shocking surprise. Howard Brammer, of Trader's Point Christian Church opened the event with a heartfelt prayer. I have never heard the name Jesus Christ spoken on a major network sporting event. I thought I would share it with you here, as it really touched me.
Almighty God. As we assemble here in one of the most famous venues in the history of sports, to witness and enjoy one of the most exciting events of the year, we pause now to acknowledge you as Lord of Heaven and Earth, Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of mankind. As we await the roar of engines coming from turn four which will create an enormous and collective adrenaline rush througout this arena, and as the drama unfolds with man and machine, battling endurance and speed, we pray for the safety of every driver, team member and spectator. Thank you for this incredibly great nation we call home, a nation built upon principles of Your truth. We are mindful today of our armed forces around the world, defending our rights. We pray for them, and we pray, dear God, that you would bless America in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Maybe, it is just a bunch of drivers turning left for 160 laps, but any event that has 175,000 people standing reverently, bowing their heads, praying to the Savior has got my attention.