The Olympics Are About Failure

I still remember how it felt when I first saw it. The year was 1984, and the Olympics were held in Los Angeles. Families around the globe gathered around their glowing televisions as stories of striving and victory flooded into their living rooms. I was eight years old, and enraptured. The torch relay, the openingContinue reading “The Olympics Are About Failure”

You Can Do the Right Things and Still Fail

“My farm was a little too high up for growing coffee.” Karen Blixen (1885–1962) begins her chapter “Hard Times” with a statement of surrender. This unyielding truth had brought a life both foreign and familiar, beautiful and dangerous, wearisome yet rewarding to a punctilious end. But Blixen’s memoir Out of Africa (1937) does not wrapContinue reading “You Can Do the Right Things and Still Fail”

An Open Letter to Those Suffering in the Hospital

Dear Friend, You’ve leaned into your faith so many times before. When fears have stirred you to wakefulness, you’ve turned to Scripture for assurance of God’s love. When anxiety has troubled you, you’ve sung hymns, recited the liturgy, and prayed with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You’ve learned to run to the Lord whenContinue reading “An Open Letter to Those Suffering in the Hospital”