The next Sunday Service is February 17 at 10:30 a.m. The text this Sunday is familiar to many of us. Luke 6:17-26 includes: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” This makes little sense to us. In our worldview, as it was for all of our ancestors, if you weep and times are hard it is impossible to imagine that laughter is in your future. BUT according to the Gospels Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God, not in the “sweet by and by” but NOW. That Kingdom is here. We may not perceive it in a world that tells us “s/he who has the biggest toys win” but in the Creator’s intention for life those who weep will laugh. It’s an upside-down, reversal of everything we thought we knew, world. So in a race where we would expect the winner to be the one who crosses the finish line first God sees true victory of the human spirit in the “linked arms” of those who lift one another up and arrive as a blessed community.