Did you notice all the Olympic medals God got this year?
Three of his victories stand out: the smiling Gabby Douglas gave "glory to God"; Irish boxer Katie Taylor praised God and thanked Jesus for her victory, pointing to the heavens as the judge held her right arm up to indicate her win. And then Ethiopian long-distance runner Meseret Defar drew an icon-imprinted cloth from her running bra and held the Virgin and Child out for all to see.
Critics complain that gestures like these are a kind of arrogance; that the claim that God helped me win this race includes the presumption that God made the others lose.
I see it a bit differently.
I think it's amazing that anyone would have the presence of mind, in a euphoric Olympic gold moment, to offer praise to God ("whom no one has ever seen or can see"). It tells me that these women turn to God all the time. They don't just pull God out on cue in the highlights of life: they bring God into the picture habitually. I am convinced that had any one of these women lost the competition, they still would have found a reason to give glory to God. It's just that no one else would be listening, or have a camera in their face to record it.
Gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin (USA), before her Olympic moment, said in an interview: "God is always there for me. I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions...I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me and promise to be a positive role model for young."
St Paul told us that whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, "do all for the glory of God." During the Summer Games, three women showed the world how you do that. You refer everything to God: as Gabby tweeted, quoting the Psalms: "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me."