with Keaton

Embracing family, friends and faith on Opening Day (column from Arlington, Texas): Why I love root, root, rooting for the home team.

ARLINGTON, Texas — My three favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. Christmas. Opening Day.

I was blessed to join my 16-year-old son, Keaton, and 49,029 fellow baseball fans at my beloved Texas Rangers’ season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday afternoon.

I originally planned to watch the game from the comfort of my couch in Oklahoma City. But at the last minute, my friend Trey Morgan, minister for the Childress Church of Christ in the Texas Panhandle, texted to let me know he had two extra tickets to the game.

“Would you know anyone who might want them?” he asked.

(Insert rowdy scene of me doing the happy dance and calling my wonderful wife, Tamie, to beg permission to make an unscheduled trip down south.)

This column appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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