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Out of Darkness – Hope

December 16, 2018

Thank you, Shirley!

A Pastor's Heart

I’ve been talking to a lot of people who are struggling emotionally this Christmas. Some grieve the loss of a precious person in their life.

Others’ speak of our negative political landscape. Decisions made in Washington may run counter to our deepest values and beliefs.  Dire predictions  about our rapidly changing climate and Washington’s tepid response have damped the Christmas spirit.

There seems to be no end to wars and the tragic repercussions for our soldiers. A small number of people carry the burden for the rest of the nation.

Some of us are fearful of people who have gathered at our southern border, seeking refuge here. Others of us are fearful of the fearful.

Our divisions have separated parents from children, brothers and sisters from each other, and longtime friends have broken relationships over political views. The prophet Isaiah asks us to turn and listen. Isaiah, writing out of…

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