There is much in our outer world to lament, to fear, to regret. And there is much in our inner world to repent of, to let go of, and to resolve to grow into mature faith. Maybe like Timothy we are being reminded that we were not given a spirit of cowardice but of power, love and self-discipline. (RCL Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10.) This is a time that needs disciples who are ready to serve, to give voice to the unspeakable, to be hopeful in a troubled world.