There were three players – a grown-up man, an eight year-old boy, and the team of grandfather/six year-old girl. The game: Dark Tower. Set in the middle of the board was the “Tower” – the power that functions as something of a loose cannon. Players have to use some strategy and take some calculated risks; but ultimately, the Dark Tower determines who wins or loses in the moment.
We were all in this game to win. In the end, it was the little girl and her grandfather who emerged the victors. But the most astonishing part of the game was the attitude of the eight year-old boy – a young man who is not known for losing with grace. With a gentle slap of his own hand to his forehead, he let out a big laugh when the Dark Tower doomed him. The two adult men looked at each other, and it became clear that the game had worked … Everyone had a good time, even the ones who lost.
Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump in the popular vote by an increasing margin – the distance between the two is currently at 1.7 million votes. How can you win and lose at the same time? What is the more difficult challenge, to win and not gloat, or lose and not sulk?
The heart of the Christian message is the notion that the “losers” have won – and when we say “won”, we mean won big time! Such is the nature of the Divine, that first-in-liners often find themselves suddenly at the end; that folks who have positioned themselves to get the best end up embarrassed; and that those who boast “I am saved!” might not actually have any idea what that means. Salvation is not a “boast” we make; it is a gift we receive. The way of the cross, i.e. “defeat” is the way of life. And for this, Lord Jesus Christ, we simply bow in gratitude, saying “Thank you.”
A blessed Tuesday in this week of Thanksgiving.