Many Shining Moments

            David Barrett is a song writer. He tells of a morning 32 years ago when he wrote a song. “I wrote a song in 1986 entitled ‘One Shining Moment.’ Who knew that this seemingly ordinary morning, this song would transport me through a basketball portal which years later would land me at a Final Four host city - only to look around and think…all these people know my song that was born that strange and wonderful morning in a little farm town outside East Lansing, Michigan…!?!When I call the morning ordinary I think it draws attention to that days like this don’t arrive and say “…look here, you’re going to write this wonderful song today!” Perhaps I just really paid attention that spring morning.”

            For 30 plus years “One Shining Moment” is played at the end of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, right after the last shot. In the 3 minutes and 10 seconds of the song, sung by Luther Vandross, highlights and lowlights from the tournament’s previous weeks are displayed culminating in the winning team celebrating their championship. This year, for the second time in two years, the Villanova Wildcats basked in their shining moment.

             This is a hokey song, no question, but I’ve been singing it all this week and not just because I’m happy that Villanova won again. Lectio Divina is a spiritual practice where one reflects or meditates on a phrase, an image or, in this instance, a song. In this week of ministry, my last week of serving as the Pastor of the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, it feels like one shining moment among too many to count over the course of more than twenty-two years.

         I am honored to have served as your Pastor for these long but wonderful years. I love who you are and what God is doing among you. I thank you for your love, kindness, patience and support. As I sing “One Shining Moment” over and over again this week, I know that I have many mistakes. I’ve said things that have hurt some. I’ve made decisions or been a part of decisions that have brought pain to others. I’ve missed opportunities and I’ve failed. But I will tell you that I, by God’s grace have sought to “reach deep inside” and been committed to be “willing try” and finding great joy as I “reached for the sky”. The result is that I have experienced many shining moments among you. To that end, my deepest hope is that God would be praised, thanked and known in my life and ministry and always in Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The ball is tipped
and there you are
you’re running for your life
you’re a shooting star
And all the years
no one knows
just how hard you worked
but now it shows…
(in) One Shining Moment, IT’S ALL ON THE LINE
One Shining Moment, THERE FROZEN IN TIME

 But time is short
and the road is long
in the blinking of an eye
ah that moment’s gone
And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) One Shining Moment, YOU REACHED DEEP INSIDE
One Shining Momen, YOU KNEW YOU WERE ALIVE

 Feel the beat of your heart
feel the wind in your face
it’s more than a contest
it’s more than a race…

And when it’s done
win or lose
you always did your best
cuz inside you knew…
(that) One Shining Moment, YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY
One Shining Momen, YOU KNEW
One Shining Moment, YOU WERE WILLING TO TRY
One Shining Moment….

Here’s a link to the 2018 version of “One Shining Moment”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbQumI0mUs8