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    Touching Peace

    4th Sunday of Advent I can see the yard and about half of Dee’s house from my living room windows. And when I was really sick last March and early April, she set a candle in her back kitchen window. While I could only see it if I was in my bedroom at the very end of my house, with all the lights off and peering out from the farthest edge of the farthest window, she put it there so I could know she was just over there, and that she was praying for me. The light was like a beacon of peace. And it touched me from across our…

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    Members of Trust

    #tbh, is a social media tag that stands for, “to be honest,” to share an opinion. Teens began using it to say something nice about their friends, or a way of talking to others whom they don’t know well, or to exchange complements and “likes.” “#tbh you’re pretty,” etc. Or, “to be heard” to show an opinion was heard. It’s no longer a trend, but it’s usually a false generosity intended to illicit an in-kind response. An I’ll-promote-your-post-if-you-say-something-nice-about-me. “You’re pretty,” “you’re nice,” “your outfit is en pointe.” Ahaz tagged his response to Isaiah #tbh when he said, “I’ll not ask God anything because I won’t put God to the test.”…

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    Members of Joy

    Joy is an orientation, a disposition of awe and wonder. The joy foretold by Isaiah is not necessarily a conjuring of an elated feeling, mustering excitement about life when nothing in life seems to be going right, worth celebrating. The joy foretold by Isaiah is that those who did not have full use of their body – can now see, jump up and down, sing…. All will be made right. There will be joy because not even fools will make unhealthy, unproductive choices; and we will sing together – and everyone will be happy about the music choices! Jesus is why these things are being made right, even now. And…