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The love of Christ

William Sloan Coffin once said: “It is not Scripture that creates hostility to homosexuality, but rather hostility to homosexuals that prompts some Christians to recite a few sentences from Paul and retain passages from an otherwise discarded Old Testament law code. In abolishing slavery and in ordaining women, we’ve gone beyond biblical literalism. “It’s time […]

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Saved by love

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime,” writes Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History. “Therefore, we must be saved by hope. “Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we […]

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Wine for the soul

“Gratitude is wine for the soul,” said Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet. “The emotion of gratitude has so much energy that people get uplifted when we express it. Gratitude gets us drunk with a different texture of love that makes us realize the beauty and marvel of life.”

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Three gifts

“Life is the first gift, love is the second and understanding the third,” wrote poet Marge Piercy.

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Keeping the spirit of Christmas

At the end of “The Christmas Carol,” Scrooge promises, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” I am going to make the same promise—to strive to live with the spirit of Christmas, with more love and peace, all year long. –Joy

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Peace and acceptance and love

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, describes how she tries to “create a feeling of peace and acceptance and love” before she enters the room of one of her patients. I love that idea of peace and acceptance and love, and I have been trying to remember it during the holiday season. How can I create […]

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Fear and love

“There are two basic motivating forces—fear and love,” John Lennon once said. “All hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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What do we do now?

“If the opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference, then the antidote to hate is engagement,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Leadership will come from uncountable individual decisions to model kindness, to fight alienation, to get offline and into the streets or the classroom or the sanctuary and […]

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The skin that protects you

Author Elizabeth Strout, who often writes about how difficult life can be, concludes that love can save you. “This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with,” Strout says. I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for […]

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Love your neighbor. No exceptions!

My friend Patrick found this quote and sent it to me. “Love your neighbor who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. Love your neighbor. No exceptions!”

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