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Emily C. Heath
Not all of us make it to the manger on time, and some of us take a little longer to have an epiphany.
"Others were tortured…They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented…They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground…Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us." - Hebrews 11:35b, 37-38, 12:1
Michelle L. Torigian
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." - Exodus 20:17
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink." - John 6:55
Quinn G. Caldwell
"See, the home of God is among mortals. God will dwell with them; they will be God's peoples, and God will be with them in person; God will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away." - Revelation 21:1-6a
"May God send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion." - Psalm 20
"I had planned to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord. . . and I made preparations for building." - 1 Chronicles 28:1-10
"Jesus answered, ‘Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?'" - Luke 5:33-39
"(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.'" - John 21:19