Good people of West Parish,
This past Sunday we entered the liturgical season of Advent, the start of the church year. We built our Advent Wreath, and we lit the first candle, which has come to represent hope. We were blessed by Quiana Bell as our lay leader, and I want to share her moving words on hope. May the visions of our young people inspire us all to faith and action! Thank you, Quiana!
Really everything and everyone needs hope. Hope, in my opinion, is a flower growing out of concrete. It means to keep going even in dark times. To keep going and finding the light. Many people need hope. I hope that the people who are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction get the help that they need to get better. I hope that people who are being discriminated because of their gender, how they look, who they are, or who they love, stand up for what they believe is right. I hope that the children who are separated from their parents at borders get reunited with their families. I hope that all these people find the light in the darkness I hope that they find the strength to do what is right. But hope isn't just in the darkness, it can be found in the light, happy moments. Just remember to always choose hope.