Throughout Lent, I will be preaching a sermon series entitled “Light Through the Cracks”. This is based on the chorus of a song/poem by Leonard Cohen. “Ring the bells that still can ring; forget your perfect offering; there is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” Throughout this series, I will be lifting up public leaders from very different contexts. What they all have in common is that they experienced significant struggles in their lives. But that in spite of and perhaps through their struggles, they gave witness to the goodness and blessing of life. Some of these public leaders are historic persons. One comes from a very different cultural and faith background. And lest, we believe that these persons were “larger than life” and could accomplish what we are not capable of, I am including as the final sermon a former student pastor of University Park UMC.