LWQ Fall 2009

The Balancing Act — Understanding Who I Am


Find me a New Yorker who hasn’t been grilled: “So what are you, anyway? A Yankees or a Mets fan?” The trouble begins with my response.

I grew up listening to the sounds of Yankee games on our black-and-white TV, rooting for them alongside my father who, as a teen, played dirt-lot ball with a neighborhood kid named Whitey Ford. And when Roger Maris hit his 60th homerun that sunny October day, my dad and I were glued to the sounds of the car radio so as not to miss that Yankee milestone, all the while trying to ignore my mother
bemoaning her beloved Dodgers’ move to LA.

But I was born in Queens, home of the Mets, and experienced the distinct wonder one summer of watching their first blue-and-orange ballpark rise up, tier by tier, from the vantage point of a fourth floor classroom at P.S. 99, where I attended a camp program for city kids. Week after week I watched “my” stadium emerge a mere mile away.

Yankees or Mets fan? The answer: “Yes!” My balancing act irks both sets of fans, but my fence sitting suits me.

What doesn’t sit so well with me: I haven’t been “batting a 1000” at keeping my daily appointment with my Today’s Light® Bible. The year began well enough, but there have been more “swings and misses” along the way than I would have hoped. The good news is that my heavenly Coach grants “do overs” when I strike out and encourages me with His “green light, go-ahead call” in Philippians 3:12-14: I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me … Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Time to get back into the game.

Nancy Graf Peters


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  6 Alone with the One Who Knows Your Name PDF
  8 Ablaze! Moment — The Middle Seat PDF
12 2009 Convention Coverage PDF 1.1 MB
22 By the Grace of God PDF

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  9 Let’s Pray PDF
  9 Grandma's Blog PDF
10 Young Women's Page PDF
11 Teen Page PDF
23 LWML Product Depot PDF
24 Lutheran Women in Action PDF
28 Gifts of Love PDF
29 President's Page PDF

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18 Who Am I? Whose Am I? PDF
19 ¿Quién Soy Yo? ¿De Quién Soy? PDF
20 Balancing on Solid Rock PDF
21 Striking a Balance When You’re Caught in the Middle PDF

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