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An inescapable network of mutuality

“In a real sense, all life is interrelated. All men (and women) are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly,” Martin Luther King once said. We found this quote in Martin Luther King’s book A Gift of Love.

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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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Good will toward men—and women

Glory to God in the highest, and, on earth, peace, good will toward men—and women. And all people! Luke 2:14

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Joy and peace

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace. –Romans 15:13

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Peace on earth

It’s only days until Christmas. We rushed yesterday to finish decorating the tree, to finish addressing the Christmas cards and to put the outdoor lights on the bushes—before company arrived. Today, I’m taking time to remember the meaning of the season. –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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Anger and other negative emotions

Presidents with great leadership skills learn to control their negative emotions, Doris Kearns Goodwin told an Arts & Letters Live audience in Dallas earlier this year. Kearns is the author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. For example, Abraham Lincoln wrote many angry letters—and then never mailed them. And, when Franklin Roosevelt was preparing for his […]

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Reunion of life with life

“Sin is separation,” says Paul Tillich in his book The Shaking of the Foundations. “Grace is reunion of life with life….Simply accept the fact that you are accepted! If that happens to us, we experience grace.”

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The center of our being

“There is grace in life,” says Paul Tillich in his book The Shaking of the Foundations. “The center of being, in which our own center is involved, is the source of the gracious beauty that we encounter again and again in the stars and mountains, in flowers and animals, in children and mature persons.”

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We need silence

We live in “an oversaturated culture,” says David Ulin in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. We “skitter across the surface.” We are “awash in distraction…What we need is silence.” And books! And time for reading.

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