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Reclaiming Hope?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Recently I asked my husband if God possibly used the creation of the Earth and we humans who live on it as a prototype before They got it right somewhere else. Wherever that place is, I would like to hie there.

Recently I have been so disappointed on so many fronts with humans. Wasn’t it a tip off that things were going to run amok as soon as Cane killed Abel? (And what was Cane’s side of the story anyway?) Wasn’t this frustration with “human nature” what fueled the Divine rage that led its to the Ark Option and starting all over again with a soggy but clean state? We all know how that worked out.

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Christmas Rejoicing versus Christmas Discouragement

By Catherine Pavia

Christmas was always my favorite holiday when I was a child. And not just for the obvious reason. It was more than the presents; it was the general sense of goodness in the world around me—from the Christmas music to the Salvation Army bell ringers, the carolers to our own little acts of service around …

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Good Grief?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

It started in late August when my dear friend Rick died. He’d been suffering with wickedly aggressive brain cancer. He also had Parkinson’s. In September we worried that my father-in-law, who is dying of Myelodysplastic Anemia, wouldn’t survive until his 86th birthday on Sept. 23rd. He’s still alive, but fragile, and we all know that time with him is very short. In October a dear friend from my Hyde Park, Chicago, days died after a 5-year battle with a rare liver cancer. I attended his funeral and noticed

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