daviscupMy mother is cock-a-hoop today! She avidly follows every ‘Andy Swipe’ she can! And Now, Oor Andy is Number One Tennis Player In-Da-World!!! Following in big brother Jamie’s footsteps, present joint doubles world number one, Andy has overhauled 8,000 points in six months to dislodge the magnificent Slam Machine ‘Novak Djokovic’ to become an all-time great of world tennis and Scottish sport.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-11-37-34What character he showed to come through four ‘Grand Slam Final’ desolating defeats, before winning the US Open in 2012 over Djokovic! Four times since then, rival to Rev I M Jolly’s smile, Andy lost in Slam finals to Djokovic before winning Wimbledon again this year, his good form continuing, while Djokovic’s waned.

These young Murray men, almost wiped out in childhood by Dunblane’s primary school mass-murderer, have risen from tragedy as inspirational overcomers, leading GB to Davis Cup Victory last year. Jamie & Andy Murray (along with your family, friends and support staff) we salute and thank you for your resolute spirit and dedication to being the best you can be in sport and living. You are an inspiration, to young and old alike, in never giving in! I’m reminded of St Paul’s words in Romans 5:3-8 (MSG):

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There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

sufferinghopeChrist arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”