January 22, 2021

I feel such a sense of relief and hope, something I haven’t felt for the past four years. The inauguration is over, and what I witnessed on Wednesday was an incredible expression of faith in the midst of some of the greatest challenges in a century. It was a break, not from the news, but from bad news, the expression by a diverse group of citizens, of hope in the midst of grief, of the power of light in the midst of darkness, of love in the face of hatred, of the refusal to give up, but rather the commitment to give to a good and common cause greater than ourselves. Amazing grace was the anthem for 24 hours – the anthem that we need to continue to sing into being.

Our course, we know that grace originates with God and ends in God. And in the middle time, between origin and end, whenever we live in and through grace, we catch an amazing glimpse of God’s reign at hand, just around the corner.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
‘Twas grace has brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home

I sense it! May it be so! ~ Anne

These meditations are provided as a ministry in this time of pandemic as a ministry of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

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