Dear Hope Family,
For many of us, it has been a very heavy week. The flurry of mass shootings, along with a shooting in our own city, has created fear, doubt, sadness, anger, and a host of other emotions. I’m so glad that we have been preaching through the Psalms because I myself need the words to pray and work through my sorrow and grief. Please know that your pastors and elders are ready and willing to sit and listen to you if you need us to help you process your thoughts and emotions. And that offer is always on the table, no matter the circumstances!
While events around our nation and city caused pain and suffering to those who were innocent, our final psalm of this series holds the mirror up to our own faces. What do we do when we are consumed by guilt for what we have done or left undone? It’s been said that pastors should be the lead repenters in the church, and David’s psalm is an excellent example for me and others in leadership. Repentance is actually a gift because it allows us to experience “true hope for real life.” While this psalm is also incredibly heavy, you’ll be relieved to know that there is also an abundance of grace and hope.
Thank you to John Bourgeois and Austin Pfeiffer for filling the pulpit the past two weeks, as well as the elders and other staff and leaders who have stepped up to cover shepherding and worship duties. It is a great gift for me and David to be able to take some time off knowing that everything is in the hands of very capable men and women who love Jesus and love Hope Church. That said, I’m looking forward to being back with you this Sunday!