Saturday, January 24, 2009


Girls relay going to STATE
Gabrielsen Natatorium

Athens, Georgia

1 Corinthians 12:12 says Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)In this verse we see that spiritual gifts are intended for one purpose...the advancement of the kingdom of God, the church, the body of Christ. Each of us is gifted uniquely for the benefit of the whole body. Christianity is not a solo event! We must work together if we are to win the prize!

Four girls from a small town competed in two different relays at a swim meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Georgia today and qualified for state ... in both events.
A little background -The relay was considered handicapped since Erica, one of the stronger swimmers was unable to compete today due to the death of her father and sister in a car accident. The other girls were grieving with Erica and anxious about having to swim without her. Erica had to be replaced by a less experienced swimmer on both relay teams.
Note that in all this, with the odds stacked against them, the girls decided before they got to Athens that no matter the outcome, they would do their best -and do it for Erica.
And now they are going to state! The first female relay team from their high school to ever make it to state! These girls qualified in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:53.25 and they also qualified in the 400 Yard Free Relay 4:12.58.
As a mom of one of the girls on the relay team I am so proud of their achievement! But I am even more proud of the unity they displayed. They could not have achieved this without full cooperation from each girl. Each one giving her individual best to achieve the goal. For one purpose - Erica.

I love you girls! Congratulations!

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