Sermon excerpt: We have no idea how to get ourselves out of the messes of our own making. We see absolutely no way out of the problems that are larger than all of us. Our eyes are drawn to pictures of migrants on the move. We can’t look away from the images of bewildered and frightened children reaching out for a hand to hold. Anne Lamott has asked the question that is always on our minds: “What is there to do in such difficult, violent times?” Her tentative answer is simple: you do what you can. “You take action and the insight follows.” You give what you can when you have the opportunity. You give to One Great Hour of Sharing and trust that your contribution can accomplish far more than you could hope or imagine. You pray for one thing per day. You pray to forgive one person each day. You pray for your enemies. You seek sanctuary where you can find it. In her words: you “pay attention to the spring, and look up at the hectic trees. Amid the smashing and crashing and terrible silences, the trees are in blossom, and it’s soft and warm and light.” You “notice the lights of the earth, the sun and moon and stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”