Amos 5.18–24 (using the alternative, ‘complementary’ first reading)
1 Thessalonians 4.13–18
The world’s in a mess. When I went on leave a couple of months ago, I made a decision not to try too hard to keep up with the news while I was on leave. It was getting me down, reading and hearing about
- The Ebola epidemic
- ISIS and the catastrophe of the Middle East
- The environmental crisis we are in—what world will our grandchildren inherit from us?
- Mr Abbott threatening to ‘shirtfront’ Mr Putin
- Youth unemployment
- Children who are kept in detention centres for indefinite periods
- And last but not least: the richest 1% of the world’s population own almost 50% of its wealth. And they aren’t going to let go or even share in a hurry.
I felt that I needed to have a season in which I could let that fade a bit from my mind.
But now I’m back on deck, and nothing’s changed. The world’s still in a mess. I’m in a pretty good position, really. I don’t have Ebola, I’m not under threat by ISIS, I have a happy vocation. I can choose to let these things fade from my mind—for a while—though I can’t let them fade completely if I’m going to be true to my vocation.
But sometimes, when I follow the news closely, I start to lose hope. What I need is to follow the news with a sense of hope. Where can I find the hope I need? Continue reading