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The New Optimists are proclaiming that the good old days were not that good, and that, far from getting worse, the world is becoming a better place. This discussion leads us to Psalm 22, which begins in abject despair, but concludes with the power of God.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "Canopy Management," May 18, 2003, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.--Psalm 22:30b-31.
When he was running for president against the incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980, Ronald Reagan discovered a question that had powerful resonance on the campaign trail: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Standing before the microphones, Reagan asked it again and again. He won a resounding victory.
Once elected, President Reagan was famous for his sunny optimism. But as a candidate, he knew that cultivating a relentless pessimism -- and taking every...