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04 January 2009

Back in the Saddle

... in Brooklyn.  And I'm in this for the long-haul.  Lots of stuff going on in January and by the end of February we're in Lent.  And the Easter.  And then, gulp, May and off into the warm Kansas sun.

But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.  Or, more accurately, myself.  

We'll jump into class and ministry tomorrow.  It's going to be an early night for me today.  I'm going to try to get back into things here with a full head of steam. 

But before sleep...

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There's a sad dichotomy we find today between our great feast of the Epiphany and the current violence in Gaza.  Without taking sides, because at least in my humble opinion, there's no one who is completely "right" in the situation, there is a stark contrast that we can draw between what results when our faith is practiced as to when it's not.  Perhaps the real challenge for us today isn't to keep "Christ" in Christmas.  Instead, the true trouble is keeping Him in our lives on a day to day basis.  Therein lies the importance of the Magi.  These wayward travelers didn't know what they were particularly following.  Yet, they knew it was something and it changed their lives.  Not necessarily seeing Jesus only, but the journey too.  

May the our lives be about the journey in the new year.

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