To the world of soccer enthusiasts, this is a most exciting time. The UEFA Euro 2020 Championship games are happening now, and every soccer fan is busy cheering on their favorite teams and players. Emotions are high as some teams move forward while others lag behind. Recently, Denmark’s team suffered a loss when team member Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during a game. Fast-forward just a short nine days later and Eriksen’s team was playing against Russia on the same field in Copenhagen where he fell ill. Denmark’s fans displayed such support for the team and Eriksen during that game. Having lost the previous two games, Denmark knew they needed a win to qualify to move forward in the championship. Although morale may have been low due to Ericksen’s illness, they played vigorously in his honor. By the end of the game, they had scored 4 to Russia’s 1, moving Denmark into the final 16 of the championship. Denmark’s team, fans and supporters all roared their excitement in response to this win. Those who witnessed it could not help but compare the win to a fairy tale, as the teammates succeeded in spite of the challenges they faced.
Soccer, like other sports, hobbies, or entertainment can provide a measure of happiness for a time. These things can never give real and lasting joy which only comes from God. While Denmark had a brief moment of extreme happiness, how many of their citizens know the only source of true joy? It is estimated that only 3.5% of Danes are evangelical Christians, and there are records that show over half of the population is atheist or agnostic. Denmark has a rich heritage of Christianity that it has strayed from in recent history. Please pray for a return to God in the country of Denmark, so its citizens can experience a joy that lasts past the next loss of their soccer team.