First of all, happy New Year! We hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a great beginning to a new year! This time last year, a dear friend said 2020 was like 20/20 vision in the new year and was it clear vision!! It was actually more like an x-ray, CT scan and full body scan and was full of self-revelation as well as quite a picture of the state of affairs in our country and around the world!
It was a year of coming together through new ways though physically separated by a virus that filled people with fear, anxiety and uncertainty and touched many families with loss, whether loss of a loved one, a job, or life as we've known it. An x-ray of our society has revealed deep political differences /separations as people have set their hopes for the future on one presidential candidate or the other. Now some are left in a sense of despair while others are "relieved" there will be "change". So this year has just begun with it's new challenges and, though it seems as dark politically as it is with the darkness of winter, we are still in the last days of Christmas and we remember the Light that Jesus brought to the darkness of the world.
This morning as I considered the ugliness of what's been going on this week in our nation's capital and the unrest of this past year, I pulled up a Psalm on my phone when I put in a search for "hoping in the Lord". Psalm 62 came up as one of the options so I checked it out and found it apropos: