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The Joy of forgiveness

Violence answered with violence always begets more violence. Last week our nation was shocked when Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school, bringing violence and hurt with him. Adam’s violence ended in minutes,  but did not die with him. His … Continue reading

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When joy lines the casket

Our advent calendar calls us to shift our focus this week to joy. But nothing seems more incompatible with the news from Newtown than joy. Joy seems far more compatible with babies in mangers than babies in caskets. When I was a … Continue reading

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An unexpected peace

The very hills that once rang with the music of the heavenly chorus were later drowned in the sickening cries of slaughtered infants, and the heart-rending wails of their mourning mothers.* As the poets say, no one cries like a mother … Continue reading

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Do you have a peace about that?

“How do you know?” “Well, I have a peace about it.” “Are you going to do that?” “No, I just didn’t have peace.” ‘Peace’ in evangelical nomenclature generally describes some type of Christianized Ouija board or divining rod. Advent reminds us that we’re … Continue reading

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Trampled Peace

When the angels sang at the birth of Jesus, it was not the first time that the arrival of Israel’s future ruler was heralded by thousands of voices lifted as one. It wasn’t even the first time the arriving ruler … Continue reading

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Hoping, even when Christmas hurts most of all

For many of us, Christmas is suffering’s megaphone. Sparkly Christmas lights, uplifting songs, and everyone else’s happiness unite to amplify our cheer when all is going well, but join forces to crush us all is not well. Crowded driveways in nearby … Continue reading

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Darkness

Evil loves the darkness. Predators lurk in shadows, luring victims into basements. Narrow alleys conceal misery from the bustling steps of progress. Televisions flicker in dark, lonely rooms; their isolated occupants desperately seeking comfort from their sitcom character friends. The … Continue reading

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