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Hope in our Life Together

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“But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast
love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
–Lamentations 3:21-23

We are less than two weeks away from the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church that will meet in St. Louis, MO, February 23-26 to make decisions on our future life together as a denomination. The gathering will include 864 delegates from around the world who will determine if we can stay together and stay united even if we think and live differently when it comes to our understanding of human sexuality.

As a faith community, we have talked, listened and prayed often over the last three years leading up to this Special General Conference. I invite our continued prayers for all the delegates and Bishops that will gather in St. Louis and for our denomination.

Thomas Merton was an American Trappist monk, writer and theologian. In his book Seeds of Contemplation, he writes, “To hope is to risk frustration. Therefore, make up your mind to risk frustration.”

In many parts of the Bible, we are reminded that there were times–often long periods of time–that the people of God were losing hope because they had been frustrated for so long with the inequity and hatred within their broken society. Yet, the promises of a faithful God kept their hope alive.

Frustration and struggle have always been part of our human story and certainly part of our present struggle within The United Methodist Church. May we continue to pray for God’s Holy Spirit to spark hope and possibility as the Special General Conference meets and may we hold each day to the great faithfulness of God.