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Council Corner – Charlie Radabaugh

Messiah Family and friends

Every day we use that small, magical word—hope. It’s tough to live—or even make it through one day—without using that one word, hope. I hope you feel better. I hope you have a healthy baby. I hope I get an A in that class. I hope she likes me. I hope to make a difference in the world. I hope this article makes sense. And on and on it goes

That pushed me to ask a simple question, what is hope? Based on all the examples I just gave I think I will define hope like this: Hope is a vision for better days that changes us in the present. Hope is a vision that there is something up ahead, around the corner, in sight, and it’s good. But that good future isn’t just abstract, because it can reach in and transform us in the present. So, for example, if I’m hoping for an A in my class, that hope will (at least it should) motivate me to study, right. If I’m hoping for a raise, should motivate me to work harder. If I am hoping that things will get back to normal, well that is a tough one with so much of the uncertainty … I am going to give it a shot. This should motivate me to participate in activities that help move us too normal (within current health guidelines). They may not be the same as before, so let’s try for a new normal.

 I want to bring up two items that Messiah will be doing with Faith Formation in our Sunday school and youth programs.  First there is “The Godcast” which is aimed at Sunday school age youth and families. This is a production that you as a family can view and discuss at your leisure. This may be aimed at our Sunday school and youth age groups; I invite and encourage all families to watch and have discussions. The second is Kick-off movie night for our older youth and families which will be held October 2nd. This will happen at our parking lot with food and fellowship, scavenger hunts and fun. Please watch your emails for additional information.

With all the uncertainty we are currently experiencing there is one thing I do know, one thing I am sure of, that is that Messiah is a place that matters. Because every day, when each of us walks into this church it affords us a glimpse of what we all hope for, it affords us a feeling of hope. And I’m here to tell you that hope is real. In a life of trials, in the world of challenges, hope is real.

As Christians, we live in an ever-changing world filled with uncertainty. We still face difficult situations and pain that appears to have no answers. Still, we can rest on God’s Word and the firm truths within,

 I leave you with this verse from Isaiah.

ISAIAH 41:10: So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Charlie Radabaugh

Messiah Council President

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