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On a continuum from pessimism to optimism, I come down pretty consistently on the positive side. I’m not saying I’m the “cockeyed optimist” in the song from South Pacific but I can usually look on the bright side of things. I don’t think about it too much; it’s just the way I see the world. I presume that kind of statement might be made by every one of us – about where we are vis-à-vis our world view.
In today’s reading from the first letter of Peter (3:15-18), there is a line that set me to thinking. Peter writes, “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” That sounded to me like a challenge to go beyond a simple statement such as “Life is good!” or “Bah, humbug!” to an explanation for such words. It sounds like Peter is looking for a testimony of faith, like “God has been good to me,” but even there we ought to be more specific.
I believe this will be a day of considering my answer…