Happy New Year 2017!

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The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

[John 1:5]

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The Stillness of a Snowy Christmas

Wishing you a blessed and peace-filled Christmas!

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(You) could’ve swept in like a tidal wave
or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
to wipe away the things we’ve scarred
But you came like a winter snow
quiet and soft and slow
Falling from the sky in the night
to the earth below
No, your voice wasn’t in a bush burning
No, your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind
It was still
It was small
It was hidden
Winter Snow
[Chris Tomlin/Audrey Assad]

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Silent Prayerful Solidarity

There has been a swelling social media campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, as the world expresses concern for the girls who were stolen from their school in Nigeria in mid-April.

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Critics of the campaign suggest that even if well-intentioned, these movements rarely affect the outcome of such events, and in this case, if you aren’t a Nigerian with the constitutional rights accorded to Nigerians to participate in their democratic process, you can’t do anything about the missing girls. Some go so far as to say, as in this Huffington Post article, that the international focus on the hashtag is actually doing harm by providing “legitimacy to encroach and grow [the U.S.] military presence in Africa.”

Supporters say that, at the very least, it can’t hurt… that “the world is now talking about 276 stolen girls in Nigeria when before it wasn’t talking about them at all.”

Personally, I don’t know who’s right, but my heart aches with compassion for those girls and their devastated families.

On this Mother’s Day, across the internet many blogs are in blackout, showing silent prayerful solidarity with the bereft Nigerian mothers. One of those bloggers is Sandra Heska King who has said, “If you land there [on her blog during the blackout], you will find a message and a link. Please lift a prayer before you leave. Praying that someone will hear. Knowing that One will.”

That’s the one right thing we can all do — pray!

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(You might like to listen to this as
quiet reinforcement for your prayer.)

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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.

Luke 4:18,19

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