If love of a sport or a club is how your loved one is fondly remembered, one of our verses about sport will be appreciated in summing up their character and love of life.
I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I ask you not for victory...
for somehow, that seems wrong,
but only for protection,
and the courage to be strong.
Strength not to conquer
but just that I'll fight well
and prove myself a sportsman
at the final bell.
And if by chance, he floors me
and the canvas I should meet
like Simon of Cyrene
Please help me to my feet.
Please help me to go the distance,
through rounds with danger rife,
not only in the boxing ring,
but in the larger ring of life.
Footballer's Prayer 2(058)
Oh, keep me agile,
Keep me fit,
Bless my beloved,
Lord, help me score,
A goal today,
With fancy foot work,
All the way.
Oh, bless my team-mates,
One and all,
And help to keep them,
On the ball.
Oh, bless the ref,
We pray to find,
That he be neither deaf nor blind,
Oh whether home lord.
Just help us win,
The MATCH I pray,
And I will never,
Sin again........Be a sport...
Oh, Lord – Amen.
Footballer's Prayer 1(057)
Give me, O Lord, a Footballer’s skill,
With strength of arm and speed of limb,
Unerring eye for the flying ball,
And courage to match them whatever befall.
May my aim be steady - my kick be true,
My actions brave - my misses few,
And no matter what way the game may go,
May I part in friendship with every foe.
When the final whistle for me is blown,
And I stand at last at God’s Judgment Throne,
May the great Referee say when he calls my name...
“You played like a man - You played the game”.
Ten Commandments for Fishing(195)
Thou shalt have no other sports before fishing.
Thou shalt proudly boast of thy catch.
Thou shalt exaggerate wildly about the one that got away.
Thou shalt no sleep past dawn.
Thou shalt clean thy own catch.
Thou shalt not give away the secret of thy success.
Thou shalt honor the ones too smart to be caught.
Thou shalt practice the sport as often as possible.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s reel.
Thou shalt not reveal the source of thy catch.
Thou shalt give thanks to God, creator of all nature, for the catch of the day.
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage,
give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late,
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly an defficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling, and to give the best in me,
to guard my every neighbour and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life,
please bless with your protecting hand my family and friends.
“Almighty God, as we play through our 18 holes of life, we pray that you will give us a drive that’s both long enough to reach our goals, and yet straight enough to keep us out of trouble.
“Help us avoid the traps and hazards of life; nevertheless, should we find ourselves in them, give us the tools, skills and desire to escape them with no penalty. May we always stay in bounds.”
“Help us to be willing to stand by - and not play through - those in genuine need. May we always play with honor.”
“And finally, when we’ve putted out on the 18th green, we pray that we will have demonstrated the integrity of our character, so that you will judge us worthy enough to join your threesome and play eternally on your heavenly course. Amen.”
The Golfer's Prayer(191)
Now I Lay Me Down
To Sleep I Pray The Lord
My Life To Keep
Though I Know You’ll
Eventually Take My Soul
Please Let Me Prepare
At The 19th Hole!