Labor Day has always been the symbolic end of summer. The last barbeque day of the season celebrates the American worker and closes out vacations; it also signals back to school for the kids and the return to full work weeks for many. But I say….NO!!!!
The official end of summer kicks off with the newest American holiday…a new football season. Gone are the honey-do lists and all of the weekend projects, replaced by pigskin, played by both professionals and “amateurs” in Washington, DC and the state of Washington.
College begins a week earlier, but the real excitement starts with that first Sunday kickoff. Although the NFL has managed to take over prime time TV on Thursday, Sunday is still the day of celebration to rejoice as the church folk say….can I get an Amen. So tell the ministers you are on a sabbatical, but you will return. You will see them in February because you are now a temporary member of the Hope My Team Wins on Sunday Worship Center.
Now, that may have been a little bit over the top for some of your tastes, but I just wanted to stress how religious, myself included, many of us have become about football. Most football fans have a favorite team, participate in fantasy football leagues, gamble and play office pools; football has become pretty consuming. And if I continue down this road this piece could become more substantive, but I choose to keep it light, because, well, it is the holiday season and if you’re reading this I am certain I will see you at service.
P.S. I am certain many of you will still make it to sunrise service in de house of da lawd!!!!