Christ Gives Us Hope In the Worst of Times

One of Charles Dickens’ better known quotes is from The Tale Of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Dickens was describing a time of controversies and contradictions between Paris and London during the French Revolution. He was speaking of chaos, conflicts, and despair, as well as levity and happiness. These were times of extreme opposites without any in-betweens. Maybe you have been feeling something similar in the midst the COVID

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Today is Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter –we might say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” The darkness of Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and died was replaced by the light of the resurrection remembered at Easter. On Holy Saturday between the two, I want to consider how the message of Easter offers hope in the darkness of the coronavirus pandemic that surrounds us. While not yet affecting our economy like the Great Depression or the rationing during WW II, everyone’s life has been impacted by the pandemic. The news reports (when this was written) say that the COVID-19 death tolls should peak Easter weekend. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” It’s the prom

By Faith Blog written by Pastor Eldon Peterson

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