Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11; Luke 1:46-50,53-54; I Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28
A man was severely depressed because, in his words, he “wasn’t getting ahead.” He told his wife that he had no real purpose in life — that he had nothing to live for. “What do you mean, you have nothing to live for,” she protested. “You have plenty to live for. The house isn’t paid for and the car isn’t paid for and Joanie’s braces aren’t paid for . . .” You get the point.
Like that man’s wife, it is often possible for some people to be more clear-eyed in disaster than in prosperity. Isn’t it remarkable that some of the noblest literature of the ancient Hebrews was produced during the Babylonian Captivity? Isn’t it remarkable that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — often called the noblest speech ever made in America, came in the darkness of the Civil War?
In our search for enlightenment, there is something about dark times that can inspire our most profound thoughts — something guiding us to answer the most…