I love the Olympics.  This year’s opening ceremony in Beijing was impressive. I hoped you watched it.  One of my favorite things I watched in the opening ceremony  was the the ginormous scroll and it’s transformation.


 At its center was a piece of white canvas paper, which then ushered in a performance of black-costumed dancers whose bodies were dipped in black ink.

They performed a dance while leaving their squirming trails on the piece of white paper, reminiscent of Chinese ink and wash art. 

Eventually, the whole painting transformed into “Landscape of a Thousand Miles”, a rare painting from Wang Ximeng of the Song Dynasty (960-1276AD).

Then Chinese children ran out and colored the mountains and the sun.

The picture progressed, but the best part of the painting was yet to come.

And that was the Parade of Nations – the part of the opening ceremony where all the athletes from all the participating countries march in behind their flags. 

At this Olympiad the athletes also contributed to this massive scroll.  Each athlete walked over a gigantic rainbow inkpad  and then the paper scroll which had been placed on the floor of the stadium, leaving their footprints on what then became the Protocol Platform for the Olympic speeches, and filling in the remaining empty space on the scroll.  

 Every footprint of every athlete in that ceremony helped make that painting better. Every footprint was important in advancing the artwork. This finished picture, with its mountains and footprints brought to mind this Bible verse: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” Isaiah 52:7.  As you walk across God’s canvas, the Earth, are you leaving beautiful footprints by telling others about Jesus?

♥Mrs. Crow


6 Responses to “Olympics”

  1. KidsFacePainting Says:

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  2. Zach Says:

    Look at me! I can blog! (this is the second time I wrote this because of some “user errors” but still, I did it.) I love the Olympics too. I have been thinking a lot about the preparation that the athletes have to go though to compete at such a high level. Do we work that hard to be at our highest level for Jesus?

  3. queenbeestephanie Says:

    That’s a good point, Zach. Preparation is very important. The Bible says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1Peter 3:15)

    btw – good job on blogging! LOL!

  4. Blythe Says:

    it’s so awsome that we can do things like the Olympics but i wounder if the people compete for the gold(which they probably do) or if they are competing for their country or family or maybe in a wacky way Jesus??

  5. queenbeestephanie Says:

    I find the after-the-competition interviews interesting. I like to hear what they say – if they say “hi” to their families (because they miss them), or if they acknowledge Jesus, or if they only talk about themselves. I think that shows a little bit of who they really are… it might tell us what or who they think is most important.

  6. Candice Henthorn Says:

    I love the Olympics, they’re my favorite sporting event to watch! Along with baseball and figure skating. I love it when you see a Christian athlete and they acknowledge their faith on tv, not to glorify themselves, but to glorify God. Sometimes I wonder if there are more Christian athletes, but are scared to acknowledge it during their Post Competition interviews.

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