"Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least a while. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”
And so began the Highland Games 2014.
On Saturday, the eleventh of October, several clans of men came kilted and ready for victory. Tucked away in the hills on the outskirts of Pullman, they competed in caber toss, axe toss, footraces, keg toss, rock toss, tug of war, and a wall siege.
Not only did these events require physical strength, there was also an element of mental toughness. As is often the case in Scotland itself, the weather was cold and damp. Rain and wind battered the competitors as they bravely battled aching muscles and the chill of mud on goose bumps.
Times were not quite as tough for the spectators who, while the Scotsmen-for-a-day wore nothing but stylish plaid kilts, got to bundle up in hats, jackets and pants approved by the 21st century. A humble campfire rested at the bottom of one of the damp grassy hills where people gathered to warm up, share stories, and even pet a few puppies who had arrived on the scene.
At each event location there was a tall wooden stake with a masterfully designed Celtic crest and a sign to specify which tournament event would take place there. Scottish music was played to give the entire event an authentic feel but was paused briefly so the clans could sing a hymn of praise thanking God for all the many blessings He has given us.
These men banded together as brothers in Christ to face every challenge the day had to offer with laughter and thanksgiving. Everyone present cheered, sang, spent time with old friends, and made new ones. Spectators and competitors alike were welcoming and kind.
Through wind and rain we at Resonate made the very best of our Saturday at the Highland Games by praising God, having fun, and celebrating a good time in a loving and enthusiastic community.