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Give Thanks

"Give Thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." [I Thessalonians 5:18] It will surely be many years before we can assess, or even make sense of, all that has happened in the world this year. Who can say whether or not it was the pandemic of the corona virus that caused centuries of racial injustice in our nation to bubble to the surface in such a way that it has involved about all of us of all colors? It has raised consciousness in a way that feels different from similar times in the past. The demonstrations have included folks of all races and have so far remained relatively positive and peaceful. I certainly cannot add anything new to all that has be

Facing and Defeating Our Enemies

This is one of the most difficult pieces of writing I've ever done. I believe I should address the lives we're now living. But what can I possibly say that hasn't already been said? Everyone I know is tired. Everyone is confused, concerned about what the future holds. We're unsure of how to negotiate our lives, individually and in community. It feels as if we are living on constantly shifting ground. For months now, we've dealt with the uncertainty of COVID-19. So many questions. Physical questions. Should we stay six feet apart in groups of people, but still wear masks? Should we leave the masks off, but only gather outdoors? Should we venture out to stores, or have our groceries delivered?

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