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Some Thoughts on a Tragedy

I had been looking forward to this day all week.  This is the day when my Alma Mater takes on Iowa State and moves one game closer to the national championship.  Now that we are within an hour of the game beginning all of that seems to matter very little.  I was awaken this morning by a phone call from my brother informing me that the women’s head basketball coach and an assistant were killed in a plane crash.  My first thoughts were, “No, not again!”  It was just ten years ago when OSU experienced another devastating plane crash and ten people lost their lives.  It’s hard to believe the same thing could happen again, but it did.

Stillwater, Oklahoma is a small town that mainly consists of students and people employed by the university.  To say the university is the center of the town is an understatement.  Everything revolves around the university.  All year people are talking about basketball, football, baseball, wrestling, and many other activities associated with the school.  When people say that the OSU community is family they truly mean it.  It is a family that stretches all over the world, but comes together to celebrate victories, as well as mourn the loss of our members.

I will watch the game tonight, and I will hope for a win, but if we do win it will be bittersweet because two of our family members will be missing.  I don’t know why tragedy has struck Oklahoma State twice in the last ten years.  I don’t believe any person knows.  Although some people may want an answer I’m not sure it would help any.  One player on the Oklahoma State basketball team described Coach Budke as a man who put God first, family second, and family third.  I think this is what Coach Budke would want all of us to do in this time of mourning.  Put our faith and trust in God, even though the answers are not clear.  Remember that the OSU family is ready to offer our prayers and support for each other.  Finally, remember that athletics are not the most important thing in life.  Perhaps we will be able to find a little joy in a ballgame this evening, but that is not what life is all about.

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.”  Psalm 123

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