“The Day After”

Here are a few lines from latest talk, for those who prefer reading over listening:

It – “it” being the life you have known – won’t go back to the way it was. But it will go on. And so will you. Because the bad days won’t always be bad. Hard rain can’t last forever. It can’t stay dark all the time. Out of the ashes, lives are rebuilt. From despair, hope is born. Where there has been violence and destruction, hate and distress, a new beginning can still be had. Life and love will win. Blessing and all that is right will prevail over all that is out of joint and so very wrong. And while we cannot afford to be blind, naive optimists in this world and in these times in which we live, we are not hardened cynics either. We place our bet on the future,  for this is God’s promise!

And the future is not “back there.” No one ever got a new start by moving in reverse. The gear is forward. So, drive in that direction. And when you can’t drive, roll. When you can’t roll, walk. When you can’t walk, crawl. When you can’t crawl – look – look forward. For the ones who have been harmed, hurt, and battered by the past – are the very ones who will rebuild the future.