The following is a column I wrote for Grandin Media reflecting on the words of Humboldt Broncos Chaplain Sean Brandow spoken this September, reflecting on God’s love for us.
One of my lingering memories from the Humboldt Broncos tragedy last April was the heart wrenching sermon of Broncos chaplain Sean Brandow from the vigil that took place two days following the accident.
As team chaplain, Brandow not only knew all those who had been on the bus on that fateful evening, he had been at the scene shortly after the collision took place. To live that experience — losing one of his best friends (Broncos Coach Darcy Haugen) alongside other members of the team he knew and loved — and then be asked to share a message of faith and hope two days later seemed an impossible task. In his sermon, Brandow wove a raw honesty alongside the hope of faith in a message I won’t soon forget.
When the Broncos played their first game since the accident on September 12, Brandow was once again asked to be in the spotlight, but this time he brought a much simpler message. He remembered how former coach Haugen had asked him to help with the team because of a belief they both shared: “We believe that Jesus, knowing who we are, for some reason still loves us.” It’s a simple sentence, but one that is ripe with meaning: one which in my experience, far too few of us truly understand.
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