Hope in October

The Cubs have done it again
The Chicago Cubs have done it again. After winning the National League’s central division, they were swept aside by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and have not even appeared in one since 1945. Cubs fans are the brunt of bad jokes. We learn to respond by quoting St. Paul: “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

On the day after the Cubs made the playoffs, Barbara Wheeler, president of Auburn Theological Seminary, an avid Yankees fan, looked me in the eye and said, “I want to extend my condolences.” “Why?” I responded, “We just won the division.” Her rejoinder: “I’m extending my condolences in advance for what you know is going to happen next.”


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