A Prayer for Athletes


God,

Let me play well but fairly. Let competition make me strong but never hostile. Forbid me to rejoice in the adversity of others. See me not when I am cheered, but when I bend to help my opponent up. If I know victory, allow me to be happy; if I am denied, keep me from envy. Remind me that sports are just games. Help me to learn something that matters once the game is over. And if through athletics I set an example, let it be a good one.

Amen.

Used with permission by Gregg Easterbrook from the column “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” on NFL.com and ESPN.com

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