your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor
your father and mother” - which is the first
commandment with a promise - “so that it may go well
with you and that you may enjoy long life on the
The Extra Mile
Near midnight. My wife
and I were driving home from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where our son Randy
was a junior English major. Rita was asleep in the
headed north, wondering what on earth had possessed
us to take the afternoon off to make the trek to
campus and back, a six-hour round trip slogging
through the towns dotting Highway 47. All for
weeks Randy had been telling me how much fun he was
having playing intramural coed flag football. Maybe
it was his talk of diving catches and trick plays,
but I’d felt this sudden urge to cheer him on, like
we had in high school.
several hours earlier Rita and I had met him at the
field. It was a crisp fall evening—perfect football
weather. I was pumped.
introduced us to his teammates. “You really came all
this way just to see us?” they asked incredulously.
cheering section consisted of Rita, me and an
injured player on crutches. But we didn’t mind. We
watched the kids stretch and warm up, run through
some drills and then...there was some sort of delay.
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