How Do We Find the Good News?
Genesis 37:1-4,12-28; Ps 105:1-6, 16-22,45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33
The list of troubles in the world only seems to grow longer. The following note was received from an Anglican priest in Liberia. Many of you have contributed and prayed for his work there:
Thank you so much for your donations and continue to pray for us. The Ebola epidemic is severe. All schools and major markets have been closed until further notice. Hospitals [are] also closed including Phebe. The doctors and nurses are waiting for protective equipment before they can resume. The virus is too deadly.
Our precautionary measure is to constantly wash hands with disinfectant keep away from other body contact no shaking of hands as it was done before. As a result of this the prices of essential goods have soared as the nation struggles to contain the virus. We keep indoors most of the time.
Again continue to pray for us and always thank you so much for the generosity.
People are blowing each other up in the Middle East. Gangs of thugs are shooting down passenger airliners. Children are fleeing an epidemic of drug violence. Economic classes are rapidly spinning out of control headed towards extreme poverty and wealth. And a major department store is closing in Muskogee.
Where do we find the Good News of God's love for us in a world that seems to be accelerating into the abyss?
Let me share an event from our honeymoon in May of 1980. Having been to the Arctic Circle by canoe only a few years before, I wanted Joan to experience the north. We both wanted to do something other than the traditional honeymoon to some cushy hotel on the beach. We enjoyed camping and were proficient at canoeing Missouri waters. So for our honeymoon we set out for a week of paddling lakes and streams in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness in Ontario Canada. To this day Joan says she would have divorced me the first day out if ...
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