Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Maylan Schurch
Sabbath, December 30, 2017

Tuesday night Shelley and I were visiting a longtime friend we’ve known since when we pastored a north Seattle church. As we got out of our car, I looked back to a neighbor’s house and saw what you see above—apparently a cry of sorrow: “OH OH OH!”

You’re ‘way ahead of me, right? No, it’s not a cry of sorrow, but Santa’s jovial guffaw—when you look at it from inside the house! It all depends on your perspective.

I don’t know about you, but for some of the folks in the congregation I now pastor, 2017 has had more “Oh, oh” than “Ho-ho” moments this year. Illnesses and other painfully perplexing occurrences have buffeted us like the rising winter wind which whistles just outside my home office window.

And while it would be cynically cruel to suggest to those in pain or grief that all they need is simply to look on the bright side, we can all look forward to a time when God will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there’ll be no more crying, pain or death. (Revelation 21:4, 5)

Are you grieving? Go to the link just below to find Bible encouragement.