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Richard L. Floyd
I do believe, in the words of the Avery/Marsh song, that "The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people."
Jeremiah's vision of God's great company of the sorrow-laden may be too adult for our usual children's processionals. Yet we grown-ups see such processions every day with the news of refugees from as far afield as Syria and Central America.
I wonder about James: how well did he know human nature?
Emily C. Heath
New Year's Day, and the companion resolution-making process, has never worked for me.
I still remember those moments as if they happened yesterday. On bad days, they help get me through.
Sometimes in the Christmas focus on children, on the young woman Mary and the birth in the manger, we miss another element in the story of Christ's birth. There is grace here not just for the young, but for the old, or older, as well.
When I travel, I want to see all the big sites, the beautiful buildings and the somber markers. I don't want to miss a thing.
I wonder how I can escape the prison of my prejudices and learn to enjoy all that God has made.
"We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that."
Realists dismiss these images of predator and prey reconciled as the sheerest sort of seasonal sentimentality.