When Adam Skates, I Cry
Iranaeus, one of the better-known saints and theologians of early Christianity, once said The glory of God is a human being fully alive. Following the same reasoning, I saw the glory of God on skates when Adam Rippon took to the ice in the men's free skate competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
I was moved by many things in Adam's performance: his choice of music ("Arrival of the Birds" by the Cinematic Orchestra, coupled with "O" by Coldplay), the stunning choreography and, of course, Rippon's nearly flawless execution. But there was also something deeply soulful about his performance. As I watched, I witnessed courage and vulnerability, beauty and strength, concentration and abandon — all woven together in a graceful tapestry of dance, acrobatics and music.
Adam's story was certainly a factor. Devastated when he didn't make the Olympic team in 2014, he dedicated himself to train and practice so he could win a spot on this year's U.S. team. This 28 year-old pulled it off — despite being many years older than most of his teammates. The first openly gay man to compete in any Olympic games, Rippon says "I love to be different".
How refreshing — and deeply moving — to see the glory of God on skates.
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