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Bless that little boy. I don’t know his name or really anything about him, but it seemed that Jesus was shining from him. There was a sense of peace, innocence, joy, and hope about him. I wish I could shield that little child from what he’s going to learn, as he grows older, of people’s inhumanity to others and how hatred fuels the fires that produce violence. But then, maybe he’s the hope of tomorrow, one of the teens who isn’t afraid to speak up and speak out.
Many people, stressed by the election and the seeming endless stream of beloved-celebrity deaths were happy to see the backside of 2016. And yet, 2017 doesn’t seem to be offering much joy. Religion Dispatches, though, is offering Ten Tendrils of Hope for 2017; an article with concrete foundations for hopeful action.
…apocalypses are written when times are bad. They are not upbeat. In fact, they are always the code-language of the oppressed when times are worst. But the very fact that we have them, that apocalypses were enshrouded one day as sacred scripture, tells us who was vindicated.
Three nights ago, at the Fort Collins vigil for those killed or wounded in the Orlando shooting, Rabbi Shoshana Leis sang, in what she described as an ancient traditional chant of lamentation, the last words texted by Eddie Justice to his mother.
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