“… Sometimes It Rains”

There’s a great line in the movie Bull Durham: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”

Yesterday, we got the rainout we needed. As in the movie, it was a manmade natural disaster.

I can still clearly recall an old church bulletin that was stuck to the fridge with a magnet for years of my childhood. On the front, it had a quotation attributed to the baseball manager Sparky Anderson: “Grace is when you get what you don’t deserve. Mercy is when you don’t get what you do deserve.”

Turning on the sprinklers to get the rainout you need is somewhere in between. Today, I’m grateful for the rainout.


Hat-tip to Callie Oettinger at stevenpressfield.com for the inspiration for this post.

Today is the first day of Advent — a perfect time to kick off a series of reflections on gratitude. For the next 24 days, I’ll offer a tiny snippet of lectio divina of a favorite author’s work, with an overall theme of gratitude. Today, in addition to the rainout, I’m grateful for the person who first introduced me to “Bull Durham.”