Yesterday afternoon I joined Pastor Melanie Tubbs, members of Cotton Plant United Methodist Church, local citizens, two former pastors and members of nearby United Methodist Churches for a brief prayer service. We stood in a field adjacent to the burned out shell of their beautiful historic sanctuary that was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape. It was heart-breaking and we grieved. Yet, sadness was not the final word. God’s love is. God’s resurrection power is. God’s hope is. God’s joy is. God’s new beginning is. And the people standing there in that field knew it. And so do I.