“If Chicago wins it all, do Cubs fans lose something?”

It’s Monday, and the Cubs are still alive. Does it surprise you that I’m even aware of that? If you know me at all, you know the only sports I care about are the ones my grandkids are playing. But here I am writing about the Cubs and the World Series. Why? Because something on the sports page of Sunday’s Journal-Register caught my attention as I was turning to a section I actually read. The heading was “What happens to ‘lovable losers?’”, and the subheading read “If Chicago wins it all, do Cub’s fans lose something?’

The writer expanded on the opening question by writing, “If the Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908 what happens to fans who have waited for next year their entire lives, the ones sporting T-shirts that read, ‘Just win before I die’? What happens when someday arrives?” The question that popped into my mind was, “What happens to hope when what you hoped for comes?”

In Romans 8:24-25 we read, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”

We generally think of losing hope as something bad, something that happens when we give up thinking that which we long for will ever happen. And some might lose hope while waiting. But I’m longing for the day when I’ll lose hope because hope will no longer be needed.

In the love chapter Paul writes, “But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Why is love greater that faith and hope? I think the answer is that someday there will be no need for faith or hope. Our faith will be confirmed, and our hope will be fulfilled.

To keep Cubs’ fans from losing hope I guess it would be good thing if they lose the series. They can then go on hoping. And if Christ doesn’t come back tomorrow, we can just keep on hoping. But if He does, all hope will be gone. And that will be a good thing, because all that we hope for will have arrived!

God Bless, Rick

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