Statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that 1 in 20 Americans are depressed. According to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, nearly half of us (43%) do not think America is a country in which everyone can move up the social ladder. And a Washington Post/Miller Center Poll reveals that nearly the same percent (48%) find themselves less secure financially than a few years ago. Many of us are in despair. This is a lesson for those in despair.
Hope is a wonderful thing. Emily Dickinson wrote about it:
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.