Saturday, September 30, 2006

"I honestly believe that I'm supposed to do everything that I can do to the best of my ability, and God takes care of the rest. How can you worry if your Father's taking care of everything? The God that created the world says, 'I got you; just give Me the best you got.'"

These are the words of the 2005 NFL Most Valuable Player award, Shaun Alexander, running back for the Seattle Seahawks. "My life scripture is Psalms 37:4, 'Delight yourself in the Lord, and He'll give you the desires of your heart.'"

Alexander, following a 42-30 victory over the New York Giants, found out his foot had a slight fracture. It is no secret, then, that he desired his foot to be healed. He delighted himself in the Lord with cross-continental prayer with his family, but the Lord did not give him the desires of his heart, as Alexander will not play on October 1 against the Chicago Bears.

The Seahawks running back, who lost the rushing title two seasons ago by one yard to Curtis Martin of the New York Jets, heeded scientific advice from team doctors and agreed with coach Mike Holmgren that sitting out is the best decision.

"I believe in the power of prayer, let me put it that way," Holmgren said.

But he doesn't believe in prayer over science, apparently. "In Shaun's situation, you have another very devout guy who believes in the power of prayer. But we did see a crack in his bone."

For the fourth straight year, the Colorado Rockies will finish at or near the bottom of the NL West. They did show promise by holding first place of the division in early May, but not even the underappreciated performances of Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins could keep the team out of the cellar. They did all they could.

They even held prayer meetings before each game. The Scripture is quoted upon entrance to the weight room. Tuesdays are for prayer and fellowship groups; Sundays are for chapel service. They've tried to reach the Lord, but could only get His voicemail.

"I don't want to offend anyone, but I think character-wise we're stronger than anyone in baseball," says Rockies chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort.

Well, at least the Rockies won't be totally dormant during the offseason, they can always go to church on Sunday, a precursor to watching two of their division rivals -- the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers -- duke it out on the playoffs.

Ask and ye shall not receive.