Dec. 2: A Hockey Team’s Heart

Eleven-year-old Zach Bennett of Albany, New York, was born with neurofibromatosis, a degenerative disease resulting in tumors on his nerves.  He has endured constant pain, and 20 operations, including amputation of both legs.  The local hockey team, the Albany River Rats, had always been a source of joy to Bennett.  “Hockey means life to me because it makes me motivated,” he told ABC News.

After his second leg was amputated, Bennett’s mother asked the River Rats for help raising his low spirits.  The players began to visit him regularly. When the team was moved to North Carolina and became the Charlotte Checkers, they made a deal that every game won would result in Bennett practicing walking.

The team then decided to help move the family to Charlotte by holding fundraisers and donating a portion of ticket sales. When Bennett walked into his new home, the entire team was there to meet him.  The Charlotte Checkers made it to the playoffs, and Bennett walked to his seat at the games.

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 2:5)

Help me remember the power of self-giving love, Lord.

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