Olympic Gold

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In one month’s time the winter Olympics will open in PyeongChang, South Korea, and run from February 9th to February 25th. A total of 2,900 athletes from 95 countries will be competing in 102 events in 15 sports. Canadians will watch hockey, curling, figure skating and snow boarding carefully; while other Nordic nations champion ski jumping, cross country skiing, and target shooting; while South Koreans and the Dutch feast on speed skating. PyeongChang is a city of some 50,000 people, sitting at 700 meters above sea level. It lies 130 Kilometers east of the South Korean capital of Seoul, and sits 80 kilometers south of the most heavily guarded and patrolled boarder in the world. Larger than the Olympic games, are the games of nuclear diplomacy being played out between the United States of America and North Korea. There was a time, several months ago, when the rhetoric between leaders of both nations escalated tensions worldwide. Since that time, diplomatic breakthroughs have taken place on the militarized boarder between North and South Korea, discussing ways North Korean athletes might be invited to participate in these games. The unthinkable suddenly became the thinkable. Something many have been praying over for decades suddenly became possible; two Korean flags walking into a stadium, side by side. While the industrious and powerful nation of South Korea has been busy planning, constructing and preparing to facilitate the winter Olympic games of 2018, many of its Christian churches have been praying feverishly for unification and peace for their suffering sisters and brothers to the north. There are greater events being played out in the upcoming Olympics then sport. Could we too hope and pray that, larger than a gold medal, or winning the most, the greater triumph of these games would be humility, unification, and peace?                                              Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra