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Central UMC Blog

The Pastor's Corner: Hope Lights Our Way

Posted by Carness Vaughan on

It’s finally here. After a year-long delay, the 2020 Summer Olympics begins tomorrow in Tokyo. Over the course of 17 days, the world will be treated to world-class athletes competing in all kinds of sports, both those we are all familiar with and those most of us have probably never heard of – The Madison, anyone?

At our house we love watching track and field, gymnastics, and swimming. Another favorite over the years has been the Opening Ceremony.  Although I don’t always understand everything that’s happening, the beauty and the pageantry are always impressive. One highlight for me is the lighting of the Olympic flame. Who could forget Muhammad Ali’s courageous lighting of the cauldron while battling Parkinson’s disease, or the flaming arrow flying across the sky in Barcelona? In case you have forgotten, here’s a cool two-minute recap of the torch-lighting through the years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Af40zuPjU

The slogan of the 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay is "Hope Lights Our Way.” I like that; in fact, I like it so much I might just steal it! What an awesome way for us to think about our journey with Jesus. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays this prayer for us:

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

It is the hope of Jesus that lights up the darkness and keeps us going when things get rough. It is the hope of Jesus that reveals a way forward through the murky waters and serves as a beacon guiding our steps. As you watch the lighting of the Olympic flame Friday night, whatever cool way they choose to do it, remember it is the hope we claim in Jesus that truly lights our way! Take care, God bless, and see you Sunday as we turn to the Old Testament for the second prayer in our, “Before We Get Started…” series. You won’t want to miss it!

Together on the Journey,

Carness

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