Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Wants God’s Light to Shine Through Her

One of the joys of the Rio Olympics has been seeing the joy on the face of gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who has been dubbed “the human emoji” because of her bright smile and easy display of emotion. That joy wasn’t just there when she, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Gabby Douglas won gold [Read More…]

Though She May Feel Defeated, Olympian Missy Franklin Can Find Strength in Words from Isaiah

UPDATED Aug. 22, 2016: Following one of the toughest weeks of her life, Missy Franklin wasn’t sure what kind of homecoming to expect because she felt she’d let down her family, friends, and neighbors. Well, as the video on Missy’s Instgram page shows, they still love her just as much as they did before. And [Read More…]

Sounds of Harmony and Visions of Light Amidst Chicago’s Violence

The murder rate in Chicago has risen 72 percent in 2016. According to USA Today, “Police said the disturbing rise in violence is driven by gangs and mostly contained to a handful of pockets on the city’s South and West sides.” Still, there are glimmers of hope, of young people who resist the dark forces [Read More…]

Live Together or Die Alone: Reflecting on an Angry America

(Photo property of Ting Shen/The Dallas Morning News) “Last week most of us were strangers. But we’re all here now. And God knows how long we’re going to be here. But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” That’s a famous speech from an episode of “Lost,” in which Jack Shephard (Matthew [Read More…]


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