In the aftermath of the horrific tragedies in Orlando and Istanbul, to name only the latest, we are all challenged fully to examine what we believe and how we live. Where do faith and hope come in and how do we make them come alive? At the risk of combining the secular world of sports with the sacred ground of Christianity, I have a compelling story to share.
Iceland this past week defeated England in the European soccer championship play-off. With a total population of 300,000, Iceland's victory is the rough equivalent of the Sonoma Stompers beating Fran's beloved San Francisco Giants in the World Series. No one would have thought it possible ... except the Icelandic players themselves. They believed.
Our journey continues and I am grateful for the shared faith and hope that our community provides us. Without it, we would be adrift.
On a personal note, we are about to head out for a long-planned family gathering in the Sierra. It will be an absolutely wonderful time and at the same time, we shall miss the Fourth of July celebration at the church. The good news is that next year we have pushed our vacation back to the middle of July. May you all have a joyous fourth.