Where Hopes and Fears Collide

January 2, 2009 — Leave a comment

christmas-candleThe  sermon title on Christmas Eve ’08 was When Hopes and Fears Collide, a take-off of  O Little Town of Bethlehem, “The hopes and fears of all the years, are met in Thee tonight. ”

A few days later, I was surfing the cable news channels and a commentator, gazing into the new year that includes a new President, said something like this:  “Never in our lifetime have we faced this  degree of  new hope  and intense fear at the same time!”

One Excerpt:

In times of difficulty and hardship (to paraphrase Barbara Butler Bass in the December ’08 Sojourners)  we are marked, especially in the Christian community, by a holy insecurity.  It is the sure knowledge that “our wisdom is not an economic strategy;  our power is not financial, and our trust is not in princes.”

May your New Year be filled with the Hope of Christ who is indeed “in our midst!”

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