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This Superstition

Emperor Nerva, dying suddenly on January 25, 98, was succeeded by his adopted son, Trajan. The young man was a soldier, a general with rigid posture, vigorous energy, and conservative ideas. He proved a tireless and able administrator, lowering taxes, publishing a budget, and cutting the cost of government. His building projects benefited the empire, and, in contrast to fellow emperors, he remained faithful to his wife.

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Trusting

We may think that our doubts and fears are because of our own unworthiness, and arise from humility. We may even take them as a sign of special piety, believing they are in some way pleasing to God. But if, in their relations with their earthly parents, children should let in doubts of their parents’ love and fears that their care should fail, would these doubts and fears be evidences of filial piety on the children’s part, and would they be at all pleasing to their parents?

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Remembering

On a recent trip to London, I searched out a little church sitting quietly amid the bustling, towering buildings of London’s financial district. The door was unlocked, and I ventured into the dimly-lit chapel, with its high pulpit and handful of pews. On the left wall was the plaque I sought, a tribute to the church’s former pastor whose remains were buried beneath my feet in the church vault. I read the words aloud, my voice bouncing against the stone walls : John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy.

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