something that I might not have learned otherwise. I have
gleaned more from my tiniest failures than my biggest
successes. My worms have taught me more about life than
I am stubborn and hardheaded, so most of the valuable
lessons I have learned I have learned the hard way. It would
have been nice to have learned the important lessons without
the painful experiences that accompanied them. More often
than not it hasn’t happened that way for me. I don’t glorify
failure or the suffering that might come with it. All I know is
that for me, failure seems to be as much a part of my life as
success. Each day I am fortunate to experience shares of both.
I do my best to imagine each failure — big or small — as
an occasion to learn more about myself and to grow. Like the
prodigal, each is an invitation to come to myself. Over and
over and over again. As many times as it takes.
Several meditations in this issue address our repenting of
our sins and learning from our failures and God’s forgiveness.
You may want to read again the meditations for May 3, 6, 7, 8,
9, 15, 20, 22, 23, 24, 28, and 29 and June 1, 9, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18,
19, 27, and 28 before responding to the reflection questions
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
1. Recall a time in your life when you learned an important lesson “the hard way.” What was the situation and what did you
learn from it?
2. Which character in the story of the prodigal do you most
closely identify with? Why?
—Andrew Garland Breeden