Searching For Relevance
November 3, 2016
Well, the Chicago Cubs have ended their 108 year drought, lifting the “Curse of the Goat” by winning the 2016 World Series. Congratulations to all you, long-suffering, fans. Actually, congratulatons to all of us because their victory reminds us that “anything IS possible” and there is always reason for hope!!! And boy, could we use more of that these days.
I too feel long-suffering, not due to any of my sports affiliations, but from the painful campaign season we have all had to endure. The good news is . . . it’s almost over. Better news would be that our system for electing officials changed. In my opinion, it is too long and too costly. When I think about the amount of money spent on simply running for President, I am astounded. So many other, better ways, that these funds could be put to use. And it leads me to conclude that you either have to be rich to seek public office, or sell your soul in order to raise the funds required to do so. Not exactly what I suspect, our founding fathers had in mind. Nonetheless, that is where we are, and after months and months of witnessing bickering and name-calling, in the name of seeking our nation’s highest office, I needed something out-of-the ordinary — maybe a bit extraordinary — renewed hope!!! And the World Champion Cubs — no longer the “lovable losers” — provided it for me. Just believe!
In a similar way, faith does this for me as in times of great challenge or confusion — periods when I don’t know what to do or how the future is going to turn out — I cling to such passages as Mark 19:26 where Jesus says, “. . . with God all things are possible,” and Romans 8: 28 where the Apostle Paul writes, “All things can work for good, for those who love the Lord.” Both of which strengthen me as I remember that the job of running the world does not belong to me, or you, or any of us — our responsibility is to faithfully persevere — to “run the good race, fight the good fight, and stay the course.” (II Timothy 4:7) recognizing that God can bring good from any situation and in the end, goodness and justice will prevail. This is the central message of our faith as given witness by the Easter story. We are a people of hope! We are a people of life! We will not only endure, but be victorious in the end!!!
So, no matter what the outcome of the upcoming elections there is hope, and we all need to remember this. Not because of us, but because of God. We have God’s word on it! Carry on! Keep the faith!
Rev. Dr. Keith A. Haemmelmann