Today’s Bible readings can be found at these links: Isaiah 54:1-8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I know that a lot of people in Knoxville and East Tennessee are praying for Pat Summitt and her family today. Throughout the twenty one years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen how much respect, admiration, and love that our whole community has for this gifted leader, coach, and sportswoman. Pat Summitt has been a great ambassador for Women’s Basketball, the University of Tennessee, and all of the people in our region. We pray for her today because we love her. We pray for her family at this time because we feel their pain.

Coach Summitt has given a lot of joy to many people throughout the years of her great career. Her achievements are outstanding and her commitment to her teams has been exceptional. She has worked hard throughout her entire life and has reaped success with her grit, determination, and drive. She came from humble beginnings and has become a nationally recognized leader with millions of fans across the nation.

So today, we all pray for Pat Summitt and ask God to be near her at this precious time. And we pray for her family, offering them all of our love and support. May God bless and be with them all.

Questions for personal reflection

How has Pat Summitt’s life affected me and my community? What lessons of leadership has she inspired?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we all have heroes who inspire us. Pat Summitt is one of those special people. Please be near to her spirit this day and surround her with loved ones. Embrace them at this time and support them through the coming days. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.