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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    Psalm 13

  2. Nonnie says:

    We Christians live in a paradox where we can say “My heart is breaking, I am in dire pain and sorrow” but at the same moment we can also say “I know that my Redeemer lives and one day He will set all things right. I will praise the Lord for His mercy” and the next moment cry out “Oh, Lord how shall we endure this?” And as soon as the words leave our mouths, His comfort, His hope, His promises are there. His mercy endures forever and we can be real, we can be honest, we can doubt and rage, and cry, and yet have faith as small as a mustard seed. I am so thankful that I know in whom I have believed and that He is able…….

  3. Em says:

    amen, Nonnie – so thankful that Christ is my reality and hope

  4. Em says:

    it would be interesting to know what is behind this violence toward children as it does not seem to be confined to the United States – the BBC reports that China, too, has been experiencing similar bloody attacks – i am guilty of ignoring those reports as there are so many reports all over the world now of incredible bloody acts inflicted on the innocent

    again, amen to Nonnie’s #3

  5. Babylon's Dread says:

    “Everything has come to turn on man’s welfare instead of God’s worship, on man with God to help him and not on God with man to wait upon Him. The fundamental heresy of the day, now deep in Christian belief itself, is humanist. ” P T Forsyth …The Justification of God . pg 24

    “We may here impale in passing two complementary fallacies about love. First, that it is enjoyment, and not service and sacrifice. This was Bossuet’s vulgar and popular error in his conflict with Fénelon. And, second, that love, when it becomes holy love, has no dudes or sacrifices to itself. The correction of these two errors is the great function of Christian history, the moralisation of love. Truly, God alone knows the love of God, and how entirely we owe everything to it. But it is something else than human affection raised to infinity.
    It is indeed hard to discuss such a frame of mind as I have described when it meets us in people who cannot see for tears, cannot think for heartbreak, and cannot believe for shock—their best and dearest hopes, private or public, being in rains at their feet. There seems no God in a black world.’ If Thou hadst been here, my son, my husband had not died.’” pg 26

    We are bidden to recognise that God’s demand on man takes the lead of man’s demand on God. And both are overruled by God’s demand on God, God’s meeting His own demand. And we learn unwillingly that only God’s justification of man gives the secret of man’s justification of God. The justification at the root of all other is God’s self-justification. In a word, there is but one theodicy, and it is the evangelical. For the Gospel has the only universal and eternal ethic in its heart, the true, real, and final moral relation of God and man.” pg 40

    When pain blinds our eyes we have to turn away from the awful agonies of history unto the agony of God in redemption of history … Just my offering for a bleak Saturday.

  6. Em says:

    BD, that is not bleak!!! it is food for the soul – ” Truly, God alone knows the love of God, and how entirely we owe everything to it. But it is something else than human affection raised to infinity.” amen, amen, amen … thank you

    this has been a week where that love has really pressed in on my thoughts … ” the agony of God in redemption of history ” … God, make that truth real to me above all my presumptive conclusions

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    The great tragedy of an event like Sandy or like the visit of a gunman to a children’s school is that we who hold the answer get intimidated into the corner when blood is on the ground. That is the mistake of abandoning our role. That is the error of living too long with unrequited pain and beginning to wonder if it is sovereign. It is at this germane moment that our Gospel is the most necessary and our preaching is the most essential.

    We dare not abandon the foolish weapon of our proclamation of Christ crucified to the end of a godforsaken world. It is NOW that the cross is most powerful if not most desirous. It is in the face of human tragedy that divine tragedy makes most sense. “He saved others he cannot save himself” they accused. We go take it to a greater height of insult saying that he could not save others even though he saved himself.

    Our unfaith at the moment of darkest night is a short memory in face of Calvary. Now is the time to preach. Now is the time to say that our God is the God of the cross. Our God took our sins and our sorrows to a tree and bore them there. And death could not hold him nor shall it hold those of us who in the face of crucified children still believe.

    A million tragedies on the scale of the Connecticut gunman have already manifested in human history … they could not destroy our faith and neither shall this. Our faith I say not because it is strong, No. Our faith because the object of our faith remains the answer to our unwiped tears. Our faith did not come from the world’s tragedies and more of them shall not take it away.

    God’s answer … his only answer to those who accuse him then and now … is his own agony, his own passion, on a tree. It is not that God has not answered our cry that bothers us it is that he does not remit our tears on our schedule. Human pain is not sovereign rather divine holy love.

  8. Michael says:

    I would submit this article on yesterdays events by Russell Moore.

    It contains the foundational truths I’ve been trying to communicate for years.

    http://www.russellmoore.com

  9. I toss this out for conversation. I want to be clear that I would never say this to someone going through the CT situation as comfort.

    The problem of Evil. But that isn’t the problem. We want it to be a problem of evil because we all like to think we’re all just so damned good. See, if we’re just all that damned good, then it’s strictly inexplicably evil people who are the problem and we can cry out to God “why do you allow that!? Look how good we are, and yet you allow these evil people to live. Why?”

    No, the problem isn’t “evil”, because we are the very core of what evil truly is – the problem is death. Whether we like it or not, what is hurting us so much is that we perceive that “good” people just got shafted by someone who is “bad”, and that is what we’re upset about. But the fact is, whether you die in your sleep, or a traffic accident, or of cancer, or AIDS, or a heart attack, or are shot to death in a shooting massacre, you are still dead.

    It takes a tragedy to make everyone think about death, but even when a tragedy happens we cover up our fears with philosophical notions of whether or not we can blame God for our troubles – but we can’t blame God for our troubles – or can we? Seriously, who is really to blame when things go south?

    The answer to why God allows death is this: He allows death to continue like we allow a declawed and defanged tiger live. Death has become impotent in the sight Jesus’ death and blood. Death has been crippled, stripped of it’s power and nailed to a cross forever more. It is on display as a token of the redemption that has been won in Jesus Christ. As a result, it touches us no more.

  10. Chile says:

    MLD said, “Death has become impotent.”

    That is a comforting statement to me. Thank you.

    I’ve experienced so much death that I have to turn away from the news and steel myself so that I can function. I have to process it cerebrally till I can afford the time and space to grieve like a Middle Eastern.

  11. Alex says:

    You’ll never stop psycho killers from getting guns, knives, swords, bomb making materials, cars, poison, chemicals, their bare hands, a rock etc from killing.

    What you can do is allow law abiding folks the opportunity to defend themselves.

    I respect the rights of others who choose to be unarmed victims in a tragic situation like Sandy.

    I just want the right to choose to “not” be an unarmed victim.

    I have a customer who is a school teacher where I live. He is proficient in the use of firearms. Very proficient. He is a law abiding reasonable man. A very good teacher. It is a felony if he keeps a gun in his vehicle on school property, so he doesn’t.

    He described the Governments policy to deal with school shootings. He is to huddle the kids in a corner unarmed.

    That is about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

    We’ll never stop the shootings, not 100% anyway. We’ll never legislate away killers from killing.

    What we can do is:

    1. Security Doors on every classroom, with a button to lock down immediately
    2. Secured windows to make it difficult for a shooter to gain entrance
    3. Allow background checked teachers who demonstrate a proficiency in use of firearms at a Qual at the local PD to conceal carry on campus on a voluntary basis.

    The safety of our kids is important. We can do better.

  12. Rob Murphy says:

    I’m stealing your material, BD from post #8.
    Our faith did not come from this world’s tragedies and more of them shall not take it away.
    thank you!

  13. Michael’s link at #9 is just excellent … worth sharing IMHO

  14. Em says:

    MLD, “Whether we like it or not, what is hurting us so much is that we perceive that “good” people just got shafted by someone who is “bad”, and that is what we’re upset about”

    not me 🙄 🙂

  15. PP Vet says:

    I love the Lord’s “insensitive” response to tragic loss of life: “Unless you repent you will all perish like that.”

  16. PP Vet,
    Um, context gives the story immediate application for our media whore “religious” broadcasters who are in love with the microphones.

    Jesus’ comment was to those who were being insensitive in their question to Him, religious twerps who, like Mike Huckabee & Bryan Fischer, can’t seem to pull their heads outta their hinnies long enough to have compassion for the dead by making an outrageous cause & effect link where none existed.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/mike-huckabee-school-shooting_n_2303792.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/bryan-fischer-god-did-not-protect-connecticut-shooting-victims-prayer-banned_n_2303903.html

    Jesus refocused the issue on the individuals who were so self assured that they had the cause & effect all sown up and bid them to repent.

  17. Lutheran says:

    MLD might be interested in this, and anyone else reading who’s become a Lutheran or is heading that way after being an “evangelical.”

    There’s a young Lutheran pastor who’s doing his Doctor of Ministry degree thesis on the topic of “Becoming Lutheran.” “If you are a former Evangelical who ‘has’ or ‘is’ journeying into Lutheran thought” are who he’s looking for.

    So far he has over 200 respondents but he would like to get almost 400. If you know of anyone, please pass this around. Thanks.

    http://www.pastormattrichard.com/2012/10/attention-all-former-evangelicals.html

  18. Posted today to Facebook…

    Lest any of my fellow religious make the error of misquoting Jesus, ((context)) gives the Bible story immediate application for our media whore “religious” broadcasters who are in love with the microphones.

    Here’s the quote from Jesus, in isolation…

    “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
    Luke 13:3

    Sounds pretty damn brutal, right? Here’s the full context of the story…

    Jesus’ comments were to those who were being insensitive in their question to Him about those who died when a tower fell on them, asking Jesus, “Who sinned?”

    Jesus was dealing with religious twerps who, like Mike Huckabee & Bryan Fischer, can’t seem to pull their heads outta their hinnies long enough to have compassion for the dead and their families by making an outrageous cause & effect link where none existed.

    Jesus refocused the issue on the individuals who were so self assured that they though they had the cause & effect all sown up and bid >>them<< to repent.

    I have grown to hate the loveless thinking within my religion and I invite you to stand against this by showing those who think this way patient love.

  19. Lutheran says:

    Thanks for the context, G! With the Bible, context is everything.

    Scripture twisting and prooftexting is something the cults love to do. Unfortunately it’s also engaged in by lazy-ass Christians who want to deliver a cheap shot.

  20. Ixtlan says:

    @8
    absolutely nailed it. amen.

  21. Lutheran,
    I signed up for Matt’s “Becoming a Lutheran” project last week.

  22. PP Vet says:

    Jesus never engaged in the sort of sloppy agape, maudlin man-pleasing that so many show in response to these tragedies.

    More people go to hell every hour in this country than died in Newtown.

    To distort the gospel into a sympathy party is not doing anyone any good.

    Often it is just an effort to curry favor with the lost by portraying one’s faith as more humanly acceptable.

    Yes, we must weep with those who weep.

    But the Jesus of the gospels was ever conscious of eternal consequences.

  23. Westboro Baptist makes me sick…they are going to picket the school and the hate displayed in their this tweet is just mind boggling https://twitter.com/DearShirley/status/279953994124783618
    Sometimes I just wish God would silence them for the disrepute they bring on the Church.

  24. “More people go to hell every hour in this country than died in Newtown.”

    How the hell do you know?
    What a calloused view of God, to presume that there is a steady flow of humanity into the abyss. And to frame a comment in such a heartless and cruel manner desecrates the memory of the innocent children and the teachers who were cruelly murdered.

    There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

    And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
    (Luke 13:1-9 ESV)

    Jesus is the advocate, the vinedresser, who pleads for more time with the harsh, impatient owner (the cruel religious leaders). He redirects bulls*it, breaks up the cold harsh ground that the fig tree lives in, and places bulls*it in its rightful place (notice it’s not in the face of the fig tree?)

    Harsh religion, especially in the light of evil and cruelty, misplaces the bulls*it of life.

    Thank God we have an advocate, The Vinedresser!

  25. ( |o )====:::
    I was at Fashion Island 2 hours before that shooting.

  26. Scott says:

    I’m sort of surprised no one has discussed the article linked to by Michael today at #9, except em’s passing recommendation.

  27. “I’m sort of surprised no one has discussed the article linked to by Michael today at #9, except em’s passing recommendation.”

    Perhaps its because we’re all processing this tragedy in our own way.

    What is your take on the article, Scott?

  28. MLD,
    Glad you were able to avoid it!

  29. Scott says:

    The writer certainly framed the reality of evil from a historical (biblical) construct to the present day reality.

    That’s all got on that, G.

  30. Thanks Scott.

    I experienced Robbie Parker, the father of Emilie Parker, sharing his heart on CNN.
    The man is an amazing inspiration, full of faith & grief. If you get a chance to see the interview you will be moved and inspired.

    Saints walk among us.

  31. I am going to read the article to my class tomorrow morning. I am teaching a 4 week Christmas series and tomorrow on the virgin birth. I particularly liked where he says;
    1.) “As we do, let’s remember that Bethlehem was an act of war.”
    2.) “The war goes on, but not for long. And sometimes the most warlike thing we can say, in an inhuman murderous age like this one, is “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

  32. I really liked the “act of war” thing also. I think a lot of what we see going on in the world is the result of spiritual warfare. Like Michael, was saying about the ongoing slaughter in Mexico. It is all terrible, but at least we know the war is already won for us.

  33. Scott says:

    I need to add that the writer of the article by Moore not only framed the source of evil, especially as it relates to children, he also placed in context the unveiling of the mystery of God’s eternal plan of salvation through Jesus Christ his only begotten son who he offered as a sacrifice to redeem his creation.

  34. Lutheran says:

    Hard to fathom that the Southern Baptists could have someone so articulate as Russell Moore…and then someone as meatheaded, cloddish and insensitive as Mike Huckabee.

    The Incarnation was an act of war. It was also an act of peace. One of Jesus’s titles is “Prince of Peace.”

    And as Moore alluded to, the world was a much more evil world to children (and others!) before the monotheistic religions especially Christianity came. Here’s a great and enlightening book on that subject.

    http://www.amazon.com/Why-Faith-Matters-David-Wolpe/dp/B003F76HF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355640135&sr=8-1&keywords=david+wolpe

  35. brian says:

    This has been a hard week, I was reading the names and looking at the pictures of the lost. Those brave teachers, one put her body between the murder (I hate terms like shooter, and lock down), and her students. I have been teaching for decades and I know most teachers would try to do the same and in many ways give daily. I wont go into what some have said about teachers even with this tragedy. That aside those kids were murdered, shot with a high powered riffle at last report, several times each.

    That father who spoke, Holy Ground. God grant me the same faith he showed. hold your loved ones close, smile at a child, they are our future. Think of the bravery and truth displayed in the midst of such brutality, We often remember the brutality, even celebrate it though in different context, but in eternity, in the eyes of Him with whom we all will give an account, no cup of water given in grace will go unnoticed. But the brutality will be gone for every tear shall be wiped away, and no more will human kind make war. The cross and Resurrection may have taken the “sting” out of death, but it has not removed the lost, empty, hollowing that happens. My mother buried two of her children before she died, both times she had to borrow money to actually do that. Bury them, death is an expensive proposition, trust me after arranging many funerals I can attest to that. But all that aside God gave my mom comfort, even when she did not want it from Him. He gave me comfort even though I thought it was evil to actually need His comfort and I raged against being comforted because it hurt so much.

    But there will be a time when all that will go away, a time of the great reconciliation purchased at the Cross and sealed at the resurrection. Look you people know me better then most in the real world, I am very careful where I share this so I know my theological views are in the minority. I dont hide I am a universalist, I do not deny my allegorical view of the bible but I would chuck all that and become a fire breathing baptist and protest funerals if I thought it would bring just one of those little kids back. I could care less about my theological tripe. I miss those kids and I dont even know them because their death lessens us as a people and me personally. I am angry at myself because I dont know what to say to the parents, the loved ones, even the family of the person that committed these murders.

    Forgive me God a sinner.

  36. brian says:

    Please remember these fine people
    Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Dawn Hocksprung, 47; Madeline Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6 ;James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7 ; Anne Marie Murphy, 52 ;Emilie Parker, 6 ;Jack Pinto, 6 ;Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6 ;Jessica Rekos, 6 ;Avielle Richman, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary herlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin Wheeler, 6 ;Allison Wyatt, 6

    What does one say? I dont know.

  37. Lutheran,
    We think a lot alike on reading choices sometimes – I read this in the early 90s from David Wolpe;

    http://www.amazon.com/Healer-Shattered-Hearts-David-Wolpe/dp/0140147950/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_z

  38. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    The second to last sentence in Michaels post is inaccurate. I don’t remember Jesus ever trying to put an end to violence in society. This what happens when you quote a Catholic preist

  39. Michael says:

    “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.””
    (John 18:36–37 ESV)

    ““You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”
    (Matthew 5:38–48 ESV)

    Looks like you would benefit from some instruction from the Catholics…

  40. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    I stand by what I say, the second to last sentence was misleading to make people think that one of Jesus prime mission was to eliminate violence. Ending violence is a by product of being saved not the other way around. Jesus prime mission was to save souls and bring the kingdom of god to is and die on the cross for our sins. Th e wicked catholic church tries to pervert our Lord and saviour and turn him into a social justice advocate. Jesus didnt come to bring peace between man.

  41. i can only take Sol Rod’s point in one respect (i wonder if it’s a case of talking past one another again) … we are not IMHO left here to reform the earth, only to represent our coming King who will do so
    yet, the Church is most certainly not to be a part of society’s violence as we are left on earth as ambassadors from the peaceful Kingdom of our Lord, which will eventually control the earth – we can’t practice violence, preach it or teach it as a way of living or grudge solving

  42. “In the anger that drives us to put an end to violence,

    As your Son tried to do in his time with us.”

    Is this the verses you meant? Because second to the last seems not to be talking about violence.

    The “us” implies christians, not society. This did not say it would be stopped, just that it drives us to stop it. Really, not seeing the point here Sol Rod.

  43. Michael says:

    I’m going to refrain this morning from answering any further, lest I sin greatly in responding.
    It amazes and sickens me that we would parse the prayer of a man speaking out our collective anguish toward God.

  44. ( |o )====::: says:

    Faith in humanity restored, faith in Christianity partially restored…

    http://imgur.com/CQ4tM

  45. “It is both theologically irresponsible and offensive to talk about yesterday’s tragedy in CT as the fruit of “God not being in our schools.” Those are politically charged words driven by tiresome rhetoric that doesn’t even make sense. Who are we to decide where or when God is present? Since when has humanity had the power to summon or dismiss the Sovereign God? Has God’s presence ever been limited by human institution? God reveals Himself as present and I Am. Both imminent and transcendent. Known and mystery. Incarnate. Here with us. And besides if we believe in the powerful indwelling of the Holy Spirit that means that God is present in every place believers are found. Don’t tell me that God is not in schools. Let’s call this what it is – a sick and devastating crime against the powerless in a fallen world. But don’t let’s further propagate a perception of Christians as ludicrous and anti-intellectual.”

  46. Thank you for posting Fr. James Martin’s prayer.
    It reflects the heart and soul of a kind of Christianity that transcends the harsh bible-worshipping kind that produces hate toward our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters. Their church is flawed, but so is the Protestant versions which produce their Huckabees

  47. Em says:

    agreeing with #49 … and i, too, can see no justification in parsing that prayer to clarify theology … but perhaps a gentle nudge to center will suffice?

    praying that the sure power of the Faith, it’s hope and truth comfort us all

  48. Sometimes “a gentle nudge to the center” isn’t as timely and effective as a slap upside the head.

  49. Em says:

    G – ahh for the wisdom to know what to apply and when

  50. Em,
    Here’s a hint, learned during my detox from being a Fundamentalist,
    when it can’t be said in regular, non-religious company, amongst those who don’t share the particular bigotry of ones “inner circle” of “those who are in the know” or “true believers”, when a total stranger would give a response of reasonable, “Huh!?!” outrage,
    then it’s probably time to put a sock in it and actually think before speaking.

  51. Em says:

    G., ” those who don’t share the particular bigotry of ones “inner circle” of “those who are in the know” or “true believers”, when a total stranger would give a response of reasonable, “Huh!?!” outrage,…..”
    well, i’ll give you that, but those people you’ve described don’t hang around Michael’s blog very long

    … if one’s heart is tracking things with the Lord and not hung up on pet doctrines, the words, even if awkwardly delivered, will be acceptable in His sight … the reaction of the hearer, on the other hand, will betray his heart … IMNSHO 🙂

    1-Matthew-“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
    …..
    2-Luke-“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

  52. Em says:

    FWIW, the brave Portuguese Mormon(?) dad summoning the strength to speak of his daughter … can you watch that and hate? grieve and pray

  53. Em,
    God is forever stuck with us, knows our innermost thoughts, bad & good.
    This is bat how we deal with others, how we let our lights shine in the world so that we glorify our Father in Heaven, not further add to confusion and objections.

    I don’t care if the dad is Mormon, Sikh or a believer in The Flying Spaghetti Monster, that man is a saint. I was healed a bit more by his courage and bravery.

  54. Em says:

    G., yes and amen to “God is forever stuck with us, knows our innermost thoughts, bad & good.” 2Timothy 2:13 … or is it 2 Timothy 2:13

    let me be clear that i understood your meaning and agree that there is a time and a place to speak/discuss God’s truth … but, that said, whatever of God’s truth spoken from the heart of a Believer, however awkward is more valuable than misleading, but socially acceptable varnish … is it better to sooth and heal? yes, of course it is … but the obvious (to me) caveat is that soothing words alone may not be healing in the best sense of the word, i.e., reconciling one to God … that’s how it looks from here today ….

  55. Em says:

    moderators, scratch my #57 caught in moderation, if you please – i apologize – my mistake too many Bible verses i think – let me retry this:

    G., yes and amen to “God is forever stuck with us, knows our innermost thoughts, bad & good.” … 2 Timothy 2:13

    let me be clear that i understood your meaning and agree that there is a time and a place to speak/discuss God’s truth … but, that said, whatever of God’s truth spoken from the heart of a Believer, however awkward is more valuable than misleading, but socially acceptable varnish … is it better to sooth and heal? yes, of course it is … but the obvious (to me) caveat is that soothing words alone may not be healing in the best sense of the word, i.e., reconciling one to God … that’s how it looks from here today ….

  56. London says:

    Michael,
    Thank you for posting this prayer.

  57. Lutheran says:

    The people who died in Newtown, Connecticut:

    Blessed be their memory.

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