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74 Spirituality February 1 – 14, 2014 Spiritual Reflections Spiritual Reflections Are You a Wrestler? BY LYNN HARTKE Share your spiritual reflections... The Olympic committee is debating whether to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. I find this news disappointing. Because I am a wrestler. I’m not talking about wearing a spandex singlet with special headgear while I maneuver my way around a 28-foot circle on a mat. I am not that wrestler. When I was in high school, our wrestling team sent competitors to state every year. A common sight was members of the wrestling team running steps, working out in the weight room, or trying to make their weight class by losing any extra pounds in a zippered sweat bag. Wrestling, at our school, was a big deal. A match consisted of three twominute periods. At the start of the first period, the two competitors faced each other in a standing position. Each wrestler moved around the mat, sizing up his competition, looking for an opportunity to take control. After all the training, it came down to this. Standing. Standing took a lot of energy. It was not a position of rest, but a position of strategy as each wrestler sought to gain control and maintain restraining power over his opponent. I am this wrestler. I wrestle with truths of our faith. Of suffering and sickness and tragedy and where is God in it all. I want easy answers, but I find that the longer I walk this faith journey, the more questions I have. Ephesians 6 says once we have done everything else in our slug-itout, fight-with-each-waking-breath faith journey, we are to stand. “After you have done everything— stand” (verse 13). To stand is not a position of rest. It is a position of strategy as I seek to gain control (of hope, trust, faith) and maintain restraining power over the opponent (discouragement, doubt, unbelief). I am a wrestler. I have done everything. So...I stand. Church benefit for art lovers A benefit silent auction and art show for First United Methodist Foundation will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 14, at Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Gallery, 22402 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Guests will view the largest private collection of Western art in the United States while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Tickets are $65; transportation is an additional $10. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which includes scholarships, Lynne Hartke blogs at lynnehartke. com. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Kevin Hartke is also a city councilman. For more information, visit or call 480-963-7698. The spiritual leaders of SanTan Sunarea churches, temples, mosques and other religious and spiritual gathering places are invited to contribute their Spiritual Reflections in essay format by sending their thoughts, enlightening insights and other writings of a spiritual nature to news@santansun. com. Be certain to put “Spiritual Reflections submission” in the subject line, and keep your articles around 200-300 words, or they may be edited for length. Include your first and last name, title and facility name, address, phone number and website. Spiritual Reflections are printed on a space-available basis, and submission does not guarantee print. The opinions represented in this column are those of the author and not that of the SanTan Sun News. missions and church programs. Tickets must be purchased by Mon., March 3, at the office at 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 602-263-5013. BIGGEST MOVING SALE EVER! READY... SET, GO! We are RELOCATING to a NEW, Fresh & Fabulous LOCATION! UP TO 75% Off SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry and Home Decor Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship 7:30 & 11:30 A.M. Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Sunday School THROUGH FEB. 15TH Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade) 6:00 P.M. High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M. 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M. 480-802-2277 THE FULTON RANCH PROMENADE • 4955 S. ALMA SCHOOL RD. JUST A FEW DOORS DOWN FROM MY SISTER’S ATTIC RISEN SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 23914 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248 Like us on FACEBOOK to see where our new amazing store will be located! Visit us at: SW CORNER OF ALMA SCHOOL & CHANDLER HEIGHTS ROADS Phone: 480-895-6782 • Email: • Website:

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