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Scripture For Each Race

This verse in Proverbs has special meaning to the Earnhart & Nascar families: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

The following is a retelling of the behind-the-scenes events of the fateful day that Dale Earnhardt last race.  “Stevie Waltrip (Darrell’s wife) kept bringing Earnhardt those Bible verses just before the engines started. ‘He insisted on it,’ Darrell told Christian Sports Journal. ‘He’d get out of his car and go looking for Stevie if he didn’t have it.’ That was the case at the 2001 Daytona 500. When Stevie finally arrived, he read the verse, smiled and thanked her, and stuck the adhesive paper to his dash. Earnhardt responded to the command to start his engine and departed pit road for a lengthy race that would come down to the final lap. Somehow, Earnhardt found himself in the unique position of helping two of his teammates get to the front of the pack. Those two drivers were his son Dale Jr. and Michael Waltrip (Darrell’s younger brother) who ultimately won the race. As Earnhardt attempted to block oncoming traffic, his iconic #3 car got loose and made hard contact with the outside retaining wall. Although the hit didn’t seem much worse than any other accident that was typical of a superspeedway, the shocking truth eventually emerged that Dale Earnhardt had died on impact. As his car rested against the wall, that Bible verse remained affixed to the dash: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) Stevie later revealed that she had spent a little longer than usual deciding on which verse to write for Earnhardt that day. After hearing the news, she understood why. ‘I had seen enough changes in Dale over the years that I’m convinced God gave me his last Scripture so that I, and everyone else who cared about him, might be comforted as to the condition of his soul.’”

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

Do you have a life verse or passage that has special meaning? 

Praying with you to “hold fast” to God’s promises, Pastor Larry

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