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"Distracted at Fenway Park" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I have been to Boston one time. The highlight of the trip was going to Fenway Park and seeing the Boston Red Sox play the Oakland A’s. It was so awesome being there, perhaps the most historic baseball stadium in the country. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played there many years ago. Ted Williams played there. Our seats were right next to the Green Monster. In case you are not baseball literate, the Green Monster is the legendary huge wall in left field, painted solid green.

It was so great being there, until the middle of the second inning. What happened was this. An older woman sitting two rows in front of me took off her shoes and socks and placed her feet on the railing. I have to tell you that feet are not my favorite things in the world. I would just prefer to not look at them. And her feet, her toes were right there, nearly blocking my view of home plate. Bright red toenail polish and a toe ring. She even wiggled those toes a few times. It was not attractive. Here I was in Fenway Park, the most awesome place for a baseball fan, but I was being distracted by that.

Thank goodness, somebody hit a massive home run over the Green Monster in the 5th inning and those toes went down and didn’t come back up.

Have you ever noticed how some things can distract us spiritually? Sometimes things pop up and we are distracted from that which really counts.

Jesus said to his friend Martha: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by so many things. There is need of only one thing.” (Luke 10:41) May God help us today to focus on what is really important, and to not be distracted by things of little importance!

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