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“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The experience of going to the game with my wife and parents was close, though. Walking through the new airport terminal in Indianapolis, I got the sense that the next few days were going to mark me and my wife for the rest of our lives. We are newlyweds, and live in California where she has been born and raised by a lovely family who has stuck together through thick and thin and are leaders in their workplaces and at Church. I am from Evansville, the product of an accidental pregnancy and subsequently broken relationship between my parents. The one common denominator was our faith in Jesus, which causes us to look beyond pedigree and be forgiving of past mistakes.
The night before the game, we couldn’t sleep. I guess it was a combination of excitement, jet lag, and an uncomfortable room at The Radisson. Regardless, it felt good to be in Indy. I am blessed to be able to live in Bakersfield, where I met my wife and have a great network of friends who love me. But I always miss home. There is something within my soul that longs to have everyone I love, and have loved, to be together in one place.
It was here. Gameday! We met my parents, now good friends despite the nasty divorce 25 years ago, and went to Denny’s. Then on to downtown Indy for the first time in my wife’s life. It was a typical overcast Indianapolis day, rather gloomy even. But my wife was mesmerized by simplest things. She kept looking off into the neighborhoods of very modest homes along I-70 and saying “so pretty!” because of the 1) the snow and 2) “there are no walls and no fences.” You see, in California all the neighborhoods are divided by huge block walls. We are all isolated from each other.
I am so thankful to the people of the Indianapolis are who built that stadium, and am thankful they are being such good fans of the Colts. We were happy to be there all the way from California, and hope it becomes a yearly tradition for us. Throughout the game, I kept getting texts from friends from all over the US who knew we were there. My parents were laughing. My in-laws in Bakersfield were cheering from afar. My wife was beautiful. So, for a few hours it seemed like I had everyone I loved in one place, together.
Merry Christmas, Josh.