“My Life as a Gambler”

Image Journal, issue 115, January 2023

“I had wagered more than I could afford to lose on the probability that God was a friend to the orphan and a protector of the vulnerable. I heard a friend pray Psalm 147:3—“he heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”—and felt tears run down my neck and into my shirt from a longing for that to be true and a simultaneous numb fear that it was all magical thinking, a bad bet, and that all our efforts were merely throwing good money after bad.”

Wendy Kiyomi