"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..." (Charles Dickens, 1859)
"In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:1-5)
These two opening paragraphs from two books written centuries ago seem to have been written in such a time as this. We live in a world of contrasts and chaos...as depicted by Dickens...and a world of of purpose and order...as proclaimed by John.
2021, our new chapter, began much like the last one ended. Each day is measured in contagion and death rates, each day presents new opportunities and challenges, each individual is separated for the good of the whole. And while the people and events on the pages of our lives shape us in one way or another, the best news of all is that the source of our hope has not changed! Jesus Christ, the light of all mankind, walks with us through each day and opens our eyes to new possibilities in both the best and worst of times! He is doing great things in each and every chapter of our lives!!!