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“Long ago, after the Civil War, there were the cries of the defeated Confederacy, “the South shall rise again.” We are seeing it and hearing it in disbelief as this configuration of forked-tongued, delusional politicians as the routed far-right spin, plot and plan President Obama’s destruction. There is just one big problem; God despises hypocrites. He loathes them. He despises liars and their lies, he despises plots planned behind closed doors to destroy a man who gave the United States of America hope. The Extreme Right will fail. The secessionists will fail, the NRA poster children will fail. They are unrighteous. They have no compassion or pity for the poor or needy and they only crave power. Why do they try to sell the world on a God who does not care for people suffering in pain and without help or hope. I have a news flash: The Lord God High and Mighty put President Barack H. Obama in office and there isn’t a thing that the birthers, deathers, seccessionists, and dangerously armed can do about it.” –Alice Parris  Read more

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Death is a passage to new life. That sounds very beautiful, but few of us desire to make this passage. It might be helpful to realise that our final passage is preceded by many earlier passages. When we are born we make a passage from life in the womb to life in the family. When we go to school we make a passage from life in the family to life in the larger community. When we get married we make a passage from a life with many options to a life committed to one person. When we retire we make a passage from a life of clearly defined work to a life asking for new creativity and wisdom.

Each of these passages is a death leading to new life. When we live these passages well, we are becoming more prepared for our final passage.

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