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Comfort and Exhortation

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” So begins the Preacher’s list in Ecclesiastes 3. We might add another to the list this Advent season: […]

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A number of years ago I took a course on the Hebrew prophets. When we reached the fortieth chapter of Isaiah, our professor suddenly, without warning, burst forth into Handel’s Messiah: “Comfort ye, co – – mmm – fo – orrrt ye – – – my pe-eo-ple . . .” The sudden shift from academic […]

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Will I Get Better?

Years ago, “in between church jobs”, as she puts it, Sister Elizabeth was working as a nurse in a chronic diseases hospital in Massachusetts. One of the patients she was caring for was a man who had on his back a sore that went all the way to the bone and from which he was […]

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Pitiful Cries

Late the other night I was reading peacefully when I heard a tremendous clatter from the front of the house. The clatter was followed by a pitiful chittering sound. I put down my book to investigate and followed the chittering to the entranceway. There on the porch, just outside the full-length front windows, was a […]

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