Episode 507

Remembering Damar Hamlin’s Miracle & Searching For Hope On YouVersion

Dec 22, 2023

It was a Monday night unlike any other on January 10th . That was the night the Buffalo Bills were playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. And, what do people search for in the pages of the Bible? According to the folks at the YouVersion app…they look for hope.

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It was a Monday night unlike any other on January 10th . That was the night the Buffalo Bills were playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Moments into the game Bills’ player Damar Hamlin fell to the turf after a typical football play. He stood up and then collapsed going into cardiac arrest.

The game stopped and over the next few hours it seemed the entire nation slowed down to pray for Damar Hamlin. The game was postponed and broadcasters were left speechless…eventually praying together on live television.

Bills’ chaplain Len Vanden Bos told Baptist Press “Some guys were praying. Some were crying. A lot of us were in disbelief,” he said. “We prayed on the field. We prayed in the locker room. We prayed when we got to the hospital.”

He said, “God invites us to pray by listening to Him as well as sharing our hearts and requests,” Vanden Bos said. “Prayer’s purpose is to build this relationship and to align us with His will. It’s in this alignment that we grow and learn how to follow Him.”

Damlin made a full recovery over the spring and summer months rejoining the Bills for the current NFL season.
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What do people search for in the pages of the Bible? According to the folks at the YouVersion app…they look for hope.

According to the makers of the popular Bible app the top verse was Isaiah 41:10 – “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.”

Other verses in the top 5 were John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:6 which speaks about anxiety.

According to YouVersion, the Bible app has been downloaded more than 700 million times.
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