So it’s official!  The month of June was the gloomiest in our city in 20+ years!!   But then, you didn’t need to be told, did you?!

As I sit writing this on Thursday afternoon, I’m looking out the window at a mix of very grey and dense clouds, blue patches and a rainbow.  I notice that the deeper the grey the more striking the rainbow.  If I reflect on the rainbow as a sign of hope, then I am reminded that the darker our life experiences the more we sense and cherish the moments of hope.

Sometimes it’s not easy to hold onto hope in these dark days for our world.  Coronavirus, violence and racism, national and international instability at political level….  Yet through it all God speaks:  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble  (Psalm 46:1)

Take some time to verbalize the longings and deepest prayers within, both for your own life and for your world.    Let your longings unite with people of faith everywhere in these challenging times, and then allow God to speak his hope into those longings.  He knows, he cares, he pierces the darkness with his light…..