All through Advent, we’ve been talking about hope here at Journey of Faith.  That’s a basic tenant of Advent, hope for the future.

Some days, though, seem almost without hope to the world around us.  As I write this, I’m watching one of those days unfold.

Friday, December 14, 2012 is always going to be remembered by some as a day without hope.  At least 20 children were murdered today in Connecticut, along with at least 6 adults, at a rural elementary school.  Gunmen with an as yet unknown motive simply came in and ended these precious lives in a hail of gunfire.

All day long, people have been expressing their heartsickness over this episode.  Despair is a common element for many.

What about followers of Jesus Christ?  How should they be responding?  When all the world around us is mired in hopelessness, where do we turn?

Romans 15 is all this. Read these words from v.4:

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

It’s our turn now.  Let’s deliver the hope God has entrusted to us for this time

Always praying for you,

Your Older Brother,

Pastor Joe


I’ve been looking around at people rushing everywhere as part of the Christmas season. We were in the mall a couple of times this past week, and it’s interesting how different that place is this time of year.

There are crowds everywhere. It’s hard to find a place to park that isn’t a long way from the entrance. There are lines at cash registers where, any other time of year, you’d be looking around for someone to ring up your purchase. The wide corridors that usually are relatively lightly populated, except for folks who use it as a place to do their exercise walks, now have people walking in every direction, as if there were no possible way to maintain an orderly pattern. Yes, there are people everywhere you look. There would be absolutely no reason for anyone to feel lonely at this time of year. Continue reading “FEELING ALL ALONE?”