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And Hope Does Not Disappoint
November 14

There have been a few times in my life where I have muttered under my breath, "Jesus, if you want to come back right now, I'd be OK with that." Times when the darkness seemed darker than usual, the mountain too steep to climb, or the pit too deep to get out of. But as far as I can tell, Jesus never came back. In those moments of overwhelming despair, we were left to soldier on, to overcome our struggles and, looking back, maybe we became stronger because of those difficult moments.

The TV was on at the gym the other day and the news was giving updates on the fires in California. For some reason, the sight of burned out cars was more haunting than usual. It looked like old footage from World War 2, or maybe some other place where things like this happened all the time. But, this was California - did I think stuff like that didn't happen here? And on the heels of a mass shooting in a nearby area, I wondered if others were maybe feeling the same way I have in the past, "Jesus, if you want to come back right now, that'd be OK." 

There is resiliency in our faith. We have a history of overcoming hardship, darkness, and struggle. Every time we went through the valley of the shadow of death, we were never alone but God was always with us. I don't know why those bad things happen. I don't believe they are caused by God, but that there is evil and darkness in the world, but I do know that we are never alone. So, until Jesus does come back, we will continue to face the darkness with light and hope, knowing that God is always with us. I pray our friends in California sense that. I pray that God continues to rally the community of faith around them so that they can face the difficult road ahead with confidence and hope. And maybe one day they will look back and see that they were never alone, that God was always with them, that we were with them. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: November 15, 2018 11:02 AM