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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Our son would occasionally wake up screaming at night when he thought that his beloved stuffed animal had somehow swam away and forsaken him.
"Lobby is gone!" he would shout in a panic. One of us often had to run into his room and turn on the light for him so that he could see that "Lobby" was indeed still in the bed lying next to him.
Today is the inauguration of our new president. I know that there are people on each side of the aisle at All Saints and that's OK...that's your right and I honor that...even more than that...I fought and some of my friends died for that right with 31 years of sacrificial service. Our place as The Body of Christ in Gastonia and the world is to remember that our only true allegiance is to Jesus Christ. It is in him that we place our trust.
There are many in our nation right now who are screaming, "God, your kingdom is gone!" For those who are suffering now and for those who will suffer in the future place in the center of your fears, the knowledge and assurance that our Savior, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and shines on us to reveal that God's kingdom has been here all along and it is always closer to us than we think. As Kabir Helminski puts it, "We are knee deep in the river looking for water." We need not be afraid of the dark. God's kingdom hasn't gone away just because we think that it has been misplaced. The light visits us and constantly reminds us that God is much nearer than we think. Strive always to remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that."
God, help me believe in the sun, even when it is not shining. God, help me believe in love, even when I don't feel it. God, help me believe in you, even when you are silent. Amen (from words found on a wall at Auschwitz).
See you Sunday!
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