I was introduced to Wendell Berry’s work when preparing for a wedding early in my ministry. The couple included his poem “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” in their service, and then gave me a copy of his collected works. These few lines have offered me hope more times than I can count:
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.