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Don’t Worry About Your Life … Or COVID-19

Don’t Worry About Your Life … Or COVID-19

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life …”

Jesus spoke these words during His famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25). There’s a tendency for us sound trite when we use them. “Oh just don’t worry about that. The Bible says you shouldn’t worry,” but I’ve never encountered a situation where simply telling a person to not worry or to not be anxious has ever worked. We miss everything that Jesus meant when we try to package these words up into a cliche saying or platitude.
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Welcome In Your Presence

Welcome In Your Presence

It was a weird day. It was a tough day. It involved a funeral, but the deceased was not someone to whom I was close. The situation though, was utterly tragic and my heart wrenched for the family and close friends. I showed up to share in the suffering. Christmas was just a few days away and the stress of completing the mile long to-do list was mounting on top of the emotion of that miserable, rainy day. Hours later, after another Christmas activity was over, I went to speak to a friend who had also been at the funeral. I knew that she was grappling with her own feelings, so I simply went to give a hug, and, since I knew I wouldn’t see her again before the holiday, say “Merry Christmas” before departing. My hug was not reciprocated and instead of “Merry Christmas,” I was met with a rant about how she had already seen me that day and it was too much. A bit shocked and hurt, I backed off and stepped away. Then the anger and confusion started to flood in, filling the emotional canyon that the initial hurt had dug, and I retreated to the comfort of more accepting and predictable friends.
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The Long Winding Road of Love

The Long Winding Road of Love

On Monday evenings, I usually leave my door unlocked. It keeps me from having to get up and open it later. One particular Monday last year, I was feeling tired. I lay on my couch while I waited. Soon, my friend Zach came through the door. Without saying much, he went right for the recliner and stretched out. After about a minute he said, “I’m really tired today.”
“I know what you mean.”
“I know this sounds bad, but I kind of wish that they’ll be gone when we get there.”
“It sounds bad, but I was thinking the same thing,” I replied.
Soon, our other friend and teammate showed up. We sat for a moment, collected our thoughts, grabbed the English books, and headed over to our refugee family’s house.
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The Value of Life

The Value of Life

I don’t care to watch the news that often due to the stress it creates from hearing people argue with each other in order to rile up viewers and increase ratings. One piece of news that has been hard to avoid even when you’re avoiding news though, has been New York’s decision to pass the Reproductive Health Act. This law will allow not only doctors, but other medical professionals such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified midwives to perform an abortion when, “according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.

Twenty-four weeks. Six months. By the 24-week mark, the baby has finger and toe prints. He/she can respond to sounds and hiccup. If delivered at 24-weeks, the baby has a chance of survival. That seems a lot like a person. The question that this law raises is how does one determine “health?” Are we speaking strictly in physical terms? Or is mental health included? If it is not healthy for the mother’s economic well-being, is that appropriate grounds for termination?
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