Two stories this Sunday intertwine with commonalities: fear of persecution and uncertainty about the future. John of Patmos writes a letter to seven churches in Asia (present day Turkey). Jesus confronts his disciples behind closed doors for the first time since being crucified. I spent many years of my faith afraid of the book of Revelation. It wasn't until I taught a class on Revelation, as a Pastoral Intern still in seminary, that I had a different place in my heart for what Revelation says to us in this day and in this time. Put your doubt aside and listen to this message of hope!