There was a time in my younger days when I was truly struggling with the direction I wanted my life to take — or at least which path on which I should take my first steps! I knew where my heart was being tugged — yet I fought it, knowing that there were safer, less challenging paths among my options.
There are communities, individuals, and places where it seems impossible to imagine anything good coming as they sit on the stump of utter despair. I have sat on that stump — perhaps you have, too. Maybe you are there now. There is no peace in that place where hope is nowhere to be grasped, although you cling desperately to your faith for a word from God.
As our community, our nation, and our world continues to be haunted by violence and threat, how does the church, the Body of Christ, and all its individual members make any real difference to the fierce power of anger and hatred?