Relay or life just one joy of living

By Clyde Davis: Columnist

How long has it been since you laughed until you couldn’t breathe because something struck you so funny?

How long has it been since you were so delighted to see someone that you couldn’t hide your joy?

How long has it been since you were so delighted at the outdoor world that you didn’t even notice it was raining when you raised your face to the sky?

A few days ago, I had one of those experiences. I was sitting in the office at the university when one of my very favorite students from last year, whom I hadn’t seen since before Christmas break, was suddenly standing in the door. She was not on my mind at the time. When I realized her presence, the only thing I could do was scream “Carol!” and pick her up in a big hug. It was an incident of pure, unanticipated delight.

The celebration of life: It emerges in moments like that, or the ones I mentioned in the first paragraph. With Relay for Life approaching quickly (May 6-7), it seems like a good time to talk about the celebration of life. That awareness is, after all, part of the driving force behind the Relay.

Go to Relay and look for the people in the purple T-shirts. No, they are not Minnesota Vikings fans, they are cancer survivors. They will tell you the value of life. They will tell you this because each of them has had the chance to realize that life is a gift, a choice, to be celebrated.

We realize that every day we wake up we choose to rejoice in life, to approach it with a winning attitude — or not.
We named our Portales Relay team “A Bull Named Fu Manchu.” You probably recognize the words from the song by Tim McGraw about the man who, faced with a cancer diagnosis and the value of life, “ went sky diving, Rocky-Mountain climbing, went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu…”

It just seemed appropriate when we are trying to say live each day to its fullest, make sure you grab the opportunities that come your way and rejoice in them.

We hope, as always, that you will support Relay for Life. We hope even more that you will support the spirit that drives it, realizing that life is a precious gift.

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. He can be contacted at: