We have been in the midst of this battle with Covid-19 for what seems like an eternity. We are tired of it all: the masks, the social distancing, the lack of community and contact. As Paul suggests, we are groaning, longing for an end to it all. And it is not only this virus that has us groaning. Our world is in turmoil with political struggles, in some cases leading to outright conflict, all threatening the well-being of entire nations. It is small wonder that we are uncertain about where it will all end.

Paul would remind us that in the midst of such struggles we need to have an active hope which will act according to the call of God and live as if God’s reign is really here. Such hope believes that the troubles of this or any day do not need to be the last word. If we live as if the hope is real, we can change the picture, we can reveal a different possibility. Amanda Gorman, in her poem, The Hill We Climb, written for the Inauguration of President Biden, begins with a question. “When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?” Her poem ends with a challenge. “The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

May we have the hope and faith and courage to be able to make our corner of the world a better place by living the way that God has shown us in Jesus, the Christ.

Rev. Fred Demaray
Retired Baptist Minister

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