There have been plenty of reports concerning the annual Army vs. Navy game, its outcome, and the guest appearance of President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, but few words have been said about the humble prayer of military chaplain Matthew Pawlikowski which preceded the game.
Before the Army Black Knights triumphed over the Navy Midshipmen by a score of 17 to 10 in the 119th contest between the two teams, Pawlikowski offered a brief, but powerful reminder to the 66,729 people in attendance.
After taking the field, the chaplain answered why he was praying for those involved with the game.
“God of wonders, some wonder why we pray for a football game,” Pawlikowski started. “So I tell them in this game, every player on the field is willing to die for every person watching.”
The idea of self-sacrifice was paralleled with the Biblical scripture of John 15:13.
Pawlikowski continued, “And there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for what is truly good.”
As the Daily Caller reports, the chaplain continued:
And so, God, I do pray for these players on this field and all the good they represent. Their fellow cadets and midshipmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, firefighters, first responders, police, and countless others who lay down their lives daily in our defense because in your eyes, God, it’s not the critic who counts but those who actually step in to the arena. And so, almighty God, we who are willing to die for others, we salute you. Let this game begin. Amen.
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Here’s more on the game, from the report:
The audience was composed of Midshipmen of the Navy, West Point cadets and other assembled active duty and military veterans.
The neutral site of Philadelphia plays host to the 119th football game between the two oldest branches of the armed forces.
The game also featured a tribute to the late Navy veteran, former President George H.W. Bush.
Watch full highlights of the Army-Navy game below:
And, of President Trump’s visit and participation in the coin flip: