From Horror to Hope . . .

Posted: March 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

“YOU CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT WITH A HEART FULL OF FEAR”, wrote my former professor, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin of the Riverside Church in New York City, “for fear seeks safety, not truth.”

As a twenty-first century preacher, especially in this remarkable moment of socially isolating pandemic and shelf-clearing global anxiety, the vocation of preacher, as much now as ever before, is to guide people faithfully along the path that leads securely from horror to hope, from fear to faith and, better yet, from fear to love. For it is only love that truly sets us free to hope in ways that are tangible, incredible ways that can affect the miraculous and transformational outcomes of the good news of Jesus Christ in our world today!

I preached “From Horror to Hope” at the Montgomery Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia on Sunday March 29th to a single iPhone 11 on a tripod and in-person crowd of six . . . and to an online gathering of hundreds of good and faithful souls from as near as old Montgomery and downtown historic Savannah to as far away as Canada, Italy, and Tanzania.

In many ways, we who are “sheltered in place” during the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic are like those living in exile during the time of the prophet Ezekiel. We are in the valley of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14), and we long for the breath of God to breathe a spirit of hope and a spirit of life into us once again! God’s promise is clear: God has not forgotten us; like the four winds of the earth, God’s spirit is coming!

May God bless us all as our historic community of faith takes on a contemporary global dimension. May God bless us with good health, good spirits, and life sustaining hope!

Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano

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