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Awe, Wonder, and Praise


Awe, Wonder, and Praise

My grandmother used to say, “Life is good, if you don’t weaken.”  (An aside:  Her sister had memorable sayings as well – for example, “Beauty fades, but ugly holds its own.”)

While my grandmother had a good life, she faced numerous challenges.  One of her two daughters, my mother, contracted polio as a very young child and had to be sent away to Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Later in life, she and my mother would spend years of suffering with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Her other daughter would die at a fairly young age with hepatitis.  My grandmother’s story is not one which is strange to us.  At times, we too may affirm “Life is good, if you do not weaken.”

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Tags: Faith, Heaven

Does "Love Win?"

Does “love win?”  Of course it does, which is what Rob Bell wants to affirm in his latest book published earlier this year, titled “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.”  That’s quite a title!  Rob Bell, according to the title, is going to inform the American public of the fate of every person who ever lived!  I’m not sure I would want to be so presumptuous but the title served its purpose.  People were interested!  It debuted at # 2 on the New York Times’ bestseller list where it remained for several weeks.  Evidently, people want to know where they are going to go when they die.  Evidently, people want to know what the Christian faith has to say about the future.  And we would say, “Of course they do.”

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