R.I.P 2016

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2016 was…interesting.
 
I don’t know a lot of folks that would like to relive this one. The stories and events that mark this past year have left so many feeling dejected, even hopeless.
 
war. racial tensions. natural disasters. political upheaval. broken relationships. personal loss.
 
For better or worse, we have access to more information (true and false) than any point in history. On the newsfeed you are scrolling right now, in a manner of seconds, you can see the face of a child devastated by the carnage of war in Syria, while at the same time viewing a picture of a friend’s beautiful newborn baby.
 
We can watch a LIVE video of a man being shot in his own car and then move on to “heart” pictures from someone’s wedding day.
 
I can engage in a war of words with a friend who supports the political candidate I oppose, and then immediately offer a kind/funny/loving comment on another friend’s photo or video.
 
How are we supposed to deal with these conflicting images?
How can any of us remain emotionally stable in the midst of all this?
 
I don’t know if 2017 is going to be anymore uplifting or hope inducing than 2016. If we are allow our hope to be determined by our social media news feed, then I am not optimistic.
 
But, I believe there is a better way forward. I believe there is a better, more beautiful world available right here in our midst. The pain, war, racism, and all the rest isn’t going away. But I have a choice. I can let it depress and define me, or I can be part of making it better.
 
I want to be part of that better, more beautiful way. I want to be part of the Kingdom that brings healing, moves mountains, confronts injustice and offers hope.
 
Your Kingdom come
Your Way be made known
On earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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