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Lessons from Lasso — I Don’t Want to Be Alone

Ted Lasso goes looking for divorcée owner Rebecca to ask her a question during the fundraising gala — only to find that she’s alone in the back alley and on the verge of tears…Rupert Manion, her ex- has shown up unannounced and “stolen the show” with his arrogant bravado. His presence and words to Rebecca remind her of the abuses suffered in the past and the threat that Rupert once warned her about — “if you leave me, you will be alone.” And Rebecca fears that the prediction has come true.

In today’s “Lessons from Lasso” on the From the Touchline podcast, we briefly examine loneliness and its damaging effects on a person. I reference a Harvard longitudinal study on the impact of relationships and community on the lifespan and longevity of a person and how loneliness can negatively impact one’s health. We also examine some examples of loneliness in the scriptures and see the promise of relationship that God offers for His people, for any who will call on His name.

Ted Lasso, the immensely popular streaming TV show in its second season on Apple TV+ features the antics and quirky, Coach ‘Ted Lasso.’ Lasso first appeared a number of years ago as a comedic character as NBC purchased the broadcast rights to the English Premier League. Played by Jason Sudeikis, Lasso (as a coach) brings change to the difficult football (soccer) team that he has traveled overseas to coach.

In the ‘Lessons from Lasso’ series, I (Rev Brad) look at some of the different life learning points brought up in the show from a chaplain’s point of view.

From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

Rev Brad and occasional guests touch on various issues around the topics of faith, family, and football (soccer).

Also, don’t forget that you can listen in our app, SoccrChapUtd, in the Apple and Google store.

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