Morning: Psalms 146, 147; Amos 1.1–5, 13—2.8; 1 Thessalonians 5.1–11
season is about Hope. It’s natural that human beings imagine better
times beyond our present challenges, troubles, and sorrows. We say,
“Just let me get through this,” even though, last time, a new crisis
followed the old one and left us still expecting something brighter.
Hope is more than wishful thinking; it is a conviction about what is
coming, but not yet seen. Hope acknowledges, with Julian of Norwich:
“All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Meanwhile,
we work for that expected future without worrying about when or how it
will come to pass.