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Gold That’s Tested in Fire: When Faith is Tested to the Breaking Point

“My child, if you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an ordeal.  Be sincere of heart, be steadfast, and do not be alarmed when disaster comes.” Sirach 1:1,2 The Boston Marathon blast that killed three and maimed scores whose lives were changed forever.  The young man at LaSalle H.S. who shot himself.  The three young women who were abducted and held prisoner for ten years in Cleveland.  Sandy Hook, and all those bright-eyed, beautiful kids whose lives were brutally taken.  A baby discarded in a dumpster; countless others aborted. Atrocities in Syria, Nigeria, …

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Look for Helpers

As Sandy Hook Elementary resumes classes today, our prayers continue for the students, staff, their families and the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut. In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, there is one message that has gone viral. Mister Rogers has a message from his mother. It goes like this-don’t try to fathom the evil behavior of one person but instead “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” I love the wisdom of his mother.  God’s goodness shines through the helpers. They instinctively witness God’s loving care in the …

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Healing Our Soul

Everyone in our nation has been stunned by the mass murders of small children and the school staff at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. We want answers, we want solutions. Some of our searching will focus on gun laws, some on mental illness and our health care system. We will likely see quite a lot of debate and argument about specific issues. I’ve noticed a sense of helplessness among many people, as though this is an intractable problem (or series of problems) that are beyond our ability. I have begun to think that the problem …

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