Larry Kirkpatrick

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This morning we begin a series called HAYSTACKS. Because, obviously, the world needs yet another acronym.

Most North American Adventists are familiar with an entree we call "haystacks." It is a layered dish. There are usually corn chips at the bottom, then beans, rice, lettuce, salsa and more on top. Haystacks can be prepared healthfully, and are commonly seen at social gatherings. You won't find the term "haystacks" in a list of doctrines or a Bible study. But we will use the word in coming weeks as a means of shorthanding Adventism into nine topics. The first letter in Haystacks is "H," and today we start with the first of these aspects, which is "Hope."


Hope for the Holidays


We've been busy. Morning and evening goes by, then another. As if a blink, two-thousand and fifteen is headed for the history books.

About this time each year some become dispirited and depressed. Hope ebbs. They feel isolated and failed and alone. People gather with loved ones for the holidays but others have experienced collapsed relationships. Their season is very solitary. Gloom enshrouds them. Some experience seasonal affective disorder from lack of sunlight. Daylight is short, the night is long, and a string of failures seems to choke them. It may be gloriously white outside, but theirs is a dark Christmas.