Dear Lord,

As we go through these recent weeks, the headlines have been sobering.  From the unrest in Ferguson, to gruesome killings in Iraq, to the ongoing violence in Syria, Israel/Palestine and Ukraine, and then the sweep of the ebola epidemic in West Africa.   Tell us this is not your story.  Tell us that all this violence and suffering is not the final word.  Tell us that your grace and love will master all.

Ah, but you have told us.



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.    — John 1:1-5