From the Pastor’s Desk
“It doesn’t matter how hard I work I can’t afford the things I need to live anymore.”
“The price of everything keeps going up and my income has not kept pace.”
“The people who need help the most aren’t being listened too.”
“What is the impact of the widening gap of the rich and the poor. . . unemployment, lower life expectancy, poor health, . . . “
“The forces that have created the income gaps are not easy to overcome.”
These are some samples of the many statements recently made by persons who have found themselves challenged by the downturn in the economy and the impact that it has had on their quality of life. Behind these statements are college dreams that have been shattered, marriages that did not hold up under the stress and distress created by job loss, suicides, hopeless, anger and so much more. We are living in times where hopelessness seems common, fear is rampant and people have become desperate. We are living in times of despair.
Our theme – “A Season of Hope in a Time of Despair” – is intentional for this very reason. The fact that we are having revival during Advent is intentional as well. It is a season of hope in the midst of despair. It is a season where we are reminded that “the light shines in darkness and darkness did not comprehend it.” It is a season where we point upward towards God and, without denying the reality of the despair, we nonetheless trumpet that “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. It is a season where the Church of Jesus Christ reminds herself and everyone else that we will get through this TOGETHER! We will pray our way through, fast our way through, give our way through, sacrifice our way through, and trust in God and God’s way as we go through the despair.
I want to encourage each of us to be in prayer and live in the hope that the Christ-child brought. I want to commend each of you to God and remind you of the greeting of the early church that underwent very challenging times: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ.
In the Hope of Advent,