Thanks, Lord, for giving me life; and talents
for my participation in sports.
Help me to play well, to use my powers to
the full, to see them as gifts from you.
Be with me when I need to play hurt, when
I have to deal with the pain of injury,
disappointment and loss.
Keep me aware of the brotherhood/sisterhood I have
with all men/women even when they are opponents;
free me from the temptation to fake, to foul to cheat.
I need to see that dedication to the cause
Will mean suffering, but let me know
That it is a kind of suffering that leads to
new life and greater maturity.
Help me to play with heart, and never lose heart.