By the time you read this, I will be headed east on Interstate 10 towards Phoenix, Arizona, and Tempe Diablo Stadium for the first Los Angeles Angels spring training game I have attended in two years. Most of you already know I have a habit of doing this every year, except that last year this thing happened that if it didn’t take your life, it altered it to where it was hardly recognizable anymore as your life. The three games I was supposed to attend last season at this time were canceled two days prior to my departure. So they kindly reissued my tickets for this year and gave me the option of choosing my seats before the tickets went on sale to the public.
Now mind you, instead of 9,000 fans who would normally be at these games, there will be more like 2,000 people there with lots of room in between them. It’s still restrictive, but the opportunity to be in a large group of people making lots of noise sounds perfectly splendid right now. After a full year of isolation the fog is starting to lift. I am imagining there will be lots of chatting going on.
We have been isolated so much from each other, but one thing’s for sure, no one’s been isolated from the Lord unless they wanted to be. No restrictions there. No masks either. “When anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” Who needs a mask in the presence of God?
Pictured above are Al and Nancy Gonzalez with me taken from the same stadium two years ago. Nancy and Al are ticket takers at Angels spring training games and I found out they will be there again this year. These two have a very special thing going with their retirement. They travel around in an R.V. and help out wherever they can be of service, and their spring training gig is their own treat which allows them to work all the home spring games (and sometimes get to watch!). And here’s something else you need to know about Nancy and Al. They are also faithful MemberPartners of the Catch. How cool is that?
[to be continued …]