Lights of Hope
On that first Christmas as the Angels sang of peace from the hillside – all was not so peaceful in the world and it would become less so with King Herod’s murderous search for his baby rival. So it is that joy and sorrow have always seemed to exist together on this earth in complicated ways. This is still true today.
Many in our congregation have experienced that reality first hand, through the death of a loved one, the loss of a meaningful relationship, job, or even just sense of direction. Still others are facing physical challenges or diagnosis that make the future anxious. And surely all carry the weight of too many recent tragedies heard through newspapers, computers and television screens.
And so this coming Sunday morning, December 17, as we have for the past couple of years, we will take a moment to acknowledge this our grief and burdens within our Church community amidst the joy, and lay them before God, and prayer together for the comfort He promises in a moment we have called Lights of Hope.