Friday, January 8, 2010

A Story To Read For The New Year

Some people have asked me over the years why I feel so strongly about Creighton and the people that work there. I wanted to give you an example of why.

Below is an email that was sent to me before Christmas from Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen of Creighton. I had written him to wish him Merry Christmas and tell me that my brothers and sister were all sporting CU gear as I took them to the movies. Most kids in Andover, MA have no clue where Omaha is but my family does. In fact, my Mom and sister were at a game last year and my brother Colin met the GA for baseball at a baseball camp (he's a pitcher for Andover High).

The people of Creighton is why I love working with them and I truly feel like I learn something every time I talk to Rass. I read this story to my mother on Christmas eve....she cried listening to it.


May you and your family have a great Christmas--I want to thank you again for your support of Creighton athletics--you have been awesome and have assisted in raising the visibility of Creighton athletics. My wish for you is that you are the bell for others and you have others who are the bell for you.


The Blind Horse

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

Good friends are like this... You don't always see them, but you know they're always there.

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