This week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (May 17, 2020)

If you have ever suffered from insomnia, you know how frustrating it can be. Wide awake in the middle of the night. Anxious that you will be tired and cranky the next day. So, you get up and turn on the TV to see if you can find something relaxing that will make you drowsy. And then … you see it. An ad for a drug that will put you to sleep. Soft, soothing music surrounds the image of a pretty woman with a whimsical smile laying down on a bed with her eyes closed. Immediately we jump to the next morning. The woman is waking up with that same smile, arms stretched over her head, ready for the start of a delightful day. And you say to yourself, “I gotta get me some of that!” But then comes the second part of the commercial. The fastest talking human being you have ever heard starts telling you about the potential side effects.

Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, feeling hungover, problems with memory and concentration, anxiety, depression, nervous feeling, headache, nausea, stomach pain, aggression, agitation, changes in behavior, thoughts of self harm, hallucinations.

Wait … what? I might go to sleep, but the possible side effects might be worse than a few sleepless nights. Do you take the pills and hope that the side effects won’t happen? Or is that just wishful thinking? That is the difference between “hope” in the form of hoping for things that might or might not happen and “hope” in the promises of God. Hope in the promises of God is a certainty that they will happen without any potential harm or failure. No fast-talking disclaimers. Pastor Jeff will explore this Sunday May 17 when he preaches “How does God want us to hope?” at 9:30 on Facebook Live which will be recorded and also posted on YouTube later in the day. Tune in. (Is that what we call it?)

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