A Brick in the Valley

Steroids, HGH, Pettitte, and Forgiveness
December 13, 2007, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Forgiveness

I don’t know, Major League Pitcher, Andy Pettitte.  But, I prayed for him this afternoon.

Pettitte professes to be a Christian, so when I learned today that the Mitchell report identified him as a player who used human growth hormone (HGH), I was particularly disappointed for him, his family, and his fans.  No one was surprised that Bond’s name shows up over 100 times.  Clemens is named as well.  I don’t know what I think about that.

Call me “naive,” but, I didn’t expect Pettitte’s name to be in the .pdf file that George Mitchell published.

So, while there are a lot of players to pray for in the report, and certainly we should pray first for so many young people influenced by major leaguers, I decided to take a moment to pray for Andy Pettitte in a major league way.  By the time most read this, I plan to have prayed this prayer on my knees.

 Our Father in Heaven, I lift up to you today, Andy Pettitte.  I don’t know him.  But, I can picture his eyes looking out over the top of his glove before he makes a pitch.   And, I know that he professes faith in you. 

Lord, I pray that he has a pastor to call who will walk through this valley with him.

Lord,  I pray that there are Christians close to him who give him a hug and make the experience of your love more real.

I pray that if the accusations are false, that his name would be cleared.

I pray that if his mistakes took place over a relatively short period of time, that those details would come out. . . even as the report seems to indicate.

I pray that, if he is guilty, that he would be reminded of Proverbs 28:13 – – that he who conceals his sin will not prosper, but the one who confesses them finds mercy.  If he is guilty, I pray that he would find wise people to help him craft a careful statement that takes complete ownership.

I pray that he will understand that forgiveness is not “unpacked” in a moment . . . that forgiveness happens both in a moment (at the point when we take ownership and repent) and over time.  In many ways, forgiveness is like moving a family.  The truck pulls up on a particular date, and loads everything up.  But, it takes a long time to unpack all the boxes in the basement.

I pray that he would be convicted of the responsibility he has to fans – – especially to young people tempted to use steroids or other banned substances – – and that he would use this opportunity to share his repentance in a Cross-centered way with fans.

I pray that he would know that you esteem those who are humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at your Word (Isaiah 66:1-2).

I pray that you would protect him from despair . . .from vicious accusations from the evil one that all that he has done and stood for is for nothing.

Most of all, I pray that he would be Cross-centered  – – that he would focus on your Son who died on the Cross to pay the penalty for the sins of his people – – that he would know and experience your love (Ephesians 3:14-19) – – that your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) – -and that for those who know You, so far as east is from west, You have removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:11-12).


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I am in agreement and echo the prayer for this man and especially for our young, aspiring athletes.
May God bless you with treasures from heaven, Chris, for your prayerful compassion for this man.
Personally, I am extremely grateful that I have a Senior Pastor that is willing to walk with me through my valleys.

Comment by Tom Eytalis

I am privileged to be your pastor Tom. I continue to pray for you. Stay off the mental gerbil wheel.

Comment by cdbrauns

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