I have had several conversations with members, colleagues, friends, and strangers about how discouraging they feel about our current situation as a nation. They feel like our country is truly
sick and broken. It feels hopeless right now according to one person that I talked to. He and his
spouse have seriously considered leaving the country. How do we change hearts and minds that are
so fearful and angry, he asked?
I do not have a good answer for my friend’s questions, but I wonder if it’s about hope. Not our hope, but God’s hope. We don’t lose hope because God has not given up. God will not give up on us!
On Palm Sunday, Rev. Tom Are, pastor at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas used as an illustration John Lewis.
That is what Christian faith looks like. As people of faith, we never deny the reality of the world we know; but we never give up on the world we are seeking – the kingdom of God on earth. We don’t lose hope because God has not given up. And that parade into Jerusalem is a reminder that God will not stop.
Rev. Are concludes his sermon with the following proclamation: So, church: Do not lose hope. Do not give up. Do not stop because God will not. And even if we grow silent or are silenced, the stones themselves will preach. Our king has come, and he will make any sacrifice love requires and he will not stop. May we not stop loving and hoping in a world that so desperately needs it!!