Monday, February 20, 2006

New Willow Website!

Check it out! The Willow Community Church website is now updated! The site is still under construction, so be aware that some of the links don't work quite right yet. Infact, when you log onto the homepage you will not be able to surf to any of the other parts of the site. I know, that isn't cool, but you can TYPE /about.html behind ( and that will give you access to the rest of the pages. Once there you can click any of the other links on the left to surf to them normally. Please keep in mind that if you find yourself back at the homepage you will have to retype the web address including /about.html.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

I've got the fever!

I woke up this morning feeling kinda' odd. Even now I have this butterfly feeling in the bottom of my belly. I don't think I'm gonna hurl or anything. In fact, there is a deep, high energy emotion that is not at all unpleasant. The weird thing is: I'm pretty sure this feeling is gonna last a little over two weeks. Yep, I got Olympic Fever!

I love everything about the Olympics (except, maybe, that they began as a pagan festival in Greece in honor of the gods of mythology, but other than that...). I can't wait to watch the Opening Ceremonies and see all the different nations come together in one place and march into the arena with pride and dignity. It is so cool to see the array of flags from countries I can't even pronounce being lifted high. They represent to the world the best that that country has to offer. It truly overwhelms me to see our own country enter the stadium waving Old Glory in the one place on earth where it is still the expected thing for us to do without a talking head apologizing for it. I just can't wait to wallow in our very own National Pride!

There is also something awe inspiring seeing that huge Olympic flag rolled out over the heads of every person participating in the games. As a Christian, I don't subscribe to good luck rituals, but it has always moved me to watch the athletes from every country reach up and touch the underside of the five rings of peace.

Watching individual stories of teams and athletes who we have never heard of before this time become common household names is always fun! I didn't know anything about Picabo Street, Scott Hamilton, Alberto Tomba, Mike Eruzione and the 1980 US Hockey Team, the Jamaica Bobsled Team or Eddy "the Eagle" Edwards before they took center stage on the world platform of the Winter Games.

Yep, I got it bad! Let me know if you've caught it, too.