There for my Brother

This was first published in the Leadership Network blog: Even if you are not a basketball fan, you have heard about Kevin Ware. Ware, a Louisville Cardinal player, horrifically broke his leg in the regional final game where the team was contending for their chance to make the “Final Four.” The details and photos went round the world.

Those watching the game will remember the reactions of players, coaches and fans from both teams. Most turned away in horror while looking at his injury. It was gruesome. The telecast refused to replay the injury. Several teammates broke down crying and walked away. It was an agonizing moment for everyone.

But at least one player, a teammate ran straight to Kevin Ware. According to an excellent story in this week’s Sports Illustrated which describes the Louisville team as a brotherhood:

“He leaped up from the bench to comfort his brother, while many of his teammates, as Ware put it, were ‘spooked out’ by the sight, either bawling or collapsed or both.

Hancock put his hand on Ware’s chest and said a prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please watch over Kevin in this tough time. We just want him to know that You’re here with him, and that everything will be all right……After they said ‘Amen’ in unison, Ware found the strength to urge the Cardinals to win.

And what drove Hancock to act? If it was me, he thought, I wouldn’t want to be alone.”

My thoughts: Let’s think about our community for a moment. Who is it that needs our prayers, our support, our comfort. The reality of life is that it is an equal opportunity offender–the stain of sin will cover us all. Over the course of time we will all be hurt, injured, sinned against and in pain. It goes all the way back to the Garden when Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know good AND evil. Now we all know evil.

But the load is lighter if we share it. When we weep with those who weep it helps them know they are not alone. When we pray for a friend we can also remember that we reap what we sow and our prayers will come back to us in a time of need. Don’t feel like you always need to know the answers. Your presence is a gift all in itself. 

Who needs you today?