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Lighting the Way With the Good News          October 23, 2013

Dear Friends,
I am living down the street from a celebrity.  A smile came to my face and a warm
glow came to my heart as I read Bill Kenny's article in the Bulletin this week.  He
is a neighbor of mine.  I love what he writes.  Bill always manages to find something
positive to comment about on life in our community.  He has chosen a path that few
seek to walk.

It is much easier to complain about things.  Too often we gravitate toward the
negative.  We find fault with everyone and everything.  The glass is never half full.
It is always just about empty.  The sad thing is that even a lot of Christians sound
like Chicken Little (The sky is falling) when it comes to living out our faith.  We
seem to be just as hopeless as the rest.

The truth is that we live in a fallen world.  It is not easy to stay positive.  People
don't always "live happily ever after."  That's why I love the way M. Scott Peck
begins his book, The Road Less Traveled.  He says.  "Life is difficult... Once we
truly understand and accept it, then life is no longer difficult."  Truer words have
never been said.

I think Jesus would agree with Peck.  As we read through the scriptures we see
Jesus interact with people who have a myriad of problems.  He never trivializes
them.  Yet instead of throwing up his arms and walking away in despair, as so many
of us are wont to do today, Jesus confronts the problems and deals with them.

If the person's problem is physical, he heals them.  He tells them to get up and walk
or to wash in the river.  If the problem is emotional or brought about by their status
in life, he challenges them to do something that will break the chains that bind
them.  Most importantly, Jesus empowers them to believe the impossible because
with God, all things become possible.

I think that is the job of the church today.  You and I have good news to share.  The
world may be a dark and troubled place but we follow the one who declared "I am
the light of the world."  Today we are the torch bearers of the good news.   So let
your light shine and may God's glory be revealed in you.

God bless.  See you in church.  Cal