Posted Friday 17 August 2012
The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church reflects on the impact of the London 2012 Olympics and says:
“The Olympics are over; now the talk is of legacy - how the inspiration of the games can be harnessed to make us all fitter and healthier. The athletes are going home to their communities in every part of the country - to be celebrated by the people who know them, who have supported them and who have been part of the journey of challenge and sacrifice which brought them to the Olympics.
What we have seen in the joy and tears of Olympic competition has been triumph of body, mind and spirit. What has moved us to tears has been more than just determination - it has been the sacrificial commitment of the whole person. To win a medal must be wonderful - but that doesn’t make the commitment and the passion of others any less.
Many commentators suggest that we have been changed by all this - lifted, encouraged, more together. It has been a triumph for a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society. It has also reminded a secular society that there are deeper levels of human experience to be explored and that our God-given potential is more than just what we see or think possible.”
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