Strangers and Pilgrims: The Challenge of the Real
This article is a classic speech by Robert K. Thomas and is an excerpt of a forthcoming publication of Thomas's best speeches. Thomas (1918–1998) served the Brigham Young University community for thirty-two years as an English professor, founder and director of the Honors Program, and academic vice president. This speech describes how genuine faith can successfully confront the challenges we face when our goals seem to be thwarted by the realities of our world. The speech concludes with Hebrews 11, which states that many great, faithful men and women died without seeing the fulfillment of promises they had received and felt themselves to be strangers and pilgrims in this world. Like them, we can accomplish great work with faith, perspective, and creativity. This speech was delivered in April 1983.