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A New Year's Plan

As many of you know, I do not submit or adhere to New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I create annual axioms (catchy slogans that are easy to remember) to follow throughout the year, on a daily basis, to work on being a better person. This year was rather difficult to come up with an actual slogan, because 2013 (thirteen, in particular) is hard to rhyme with. Thus, I do not have a typical catchy New Year’s motto...

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December is Full of Blessings

The past few weeks I have seen a gamut of actions, done by strangers and loved ones alike, which have literally brought tears to my eyes (both happy and sad). From the most recent school massacre in Sandy Hook, CT, to a St. Paul, MN, coffee house administering a “pay it forward” gift card program to random passers-by in honor of the twenty-six Sandy Hook shooting victims, to several Midwest neighbors exhibiting random acts of kindness after the recent winter storm (i.e. cleaning up driveways for those unable to battle the heavy snow in addition to checking in on the elderly).

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Where Was God?

As we reflect on the birth of the Christ child with heavy hearts this Advent season, let us remember that the story of Jesus actually begins with the senseless mass murder of children. King Herod attempts to eradicate the Messiah by ordering his soldiers to kill every firstborn child throughout the region. This peculiar story of a God who moves into our neighborhood as a small child begins with genocide. And after pages of life-giving miracles and teaching, we arrive at a scene of tragic injustice where Christ is executed as a common criminal. As Jesus hangs on the cross, he desperately cries out to God for an answer.

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