Keaton Hendricks plays basketball for Taylor University. He shoots lay ups, long shots, free throws, the whole bit. But one night, there was one shot, that set everyone cheering like none of his other 351 points that season.
2014 Taylor University Silent Night from Dan Hendricks Media on Vimeo.
They do this close to Christmas every year. The whole arena is silent until Taylor scores the 10th point. When that happens, the crowd goes wild and cheers for 10 points worth of cheering.
It is appropriate that they do this during Christmas. On the night Jesus was born, it was just another night for a lot of people. Just another night of helping sheep birth their young; just another night of animals being fed and rulers of nations taking a census to justify their armies and taxes.
I’m not sure what angels do when a baby is born, but they did something different with this one. All of the cheering, all of the chaos, all of the rejoicing-joy of these Taylor University students is a dimly lit cup of luke-warm tea compared to the festival that the angels had over the fields that night.
Watch that video again and cheer.