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Witness For Justice #840 A Reluctant Marcher

I have a confession to make. I get awfully grumpy about all these marches.

Which is not to say I don't go. In the ten years since I moved to DC I've been to more rallies, protests and prayer vigils than I can count. I am deeply concerned about injustice, so despite my bad attitude, I show up. But every time another big one comes around, I find myself getting grouchy all over again.

"Why don't people march in their own cities?" I ask as I push through the crowds on the metro platform.

"Wouldn't a visit to your legislator be more impactful?" I huff as I clean up discarded protest signs on my walk home.

"What difference does all this marching even make?" I grumble as I lace up my shoes once again.

And every time, despite my lack of faith, I am rewarded.

Here's the thing I always forget – advocacy is not an activity best done in isolation.

Worrying about the world, reading endless articles on the Internet, and sending frustrated Tweets out into the ether will wear you down after a time. Being with other advocates; sharing stories of hope and struggle; seeing the diversity, creativity and beauty of our country first hand - these are the things that feed the spirit and fortify a heavy heart.

It is an unexpected joy to witness to your beliefs with nothing more (or less) than your physical presence. In a world where time is money, it sends a quietly powerful message.

We can only change the world if we do it together. This is not simply a statement of scale. The injustices of racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental degradation and more cannot be endured alone.

We need to surround ourselves with other warriors for justice. We need to be stretched and challenged by the stories of communities on the front lines. We need to roar in the face of oppression and challenge the political status quo. We need it, even when we do not know that we do.

Take it from me - you don't need to set aside your skepticism. You just need to show up. Bring your bad attitude if you have to, along with your walking shoes, water and snacks to share. I'll see you out there.


“Instead of Just Diving in I tell you....You Really Ought to Read the Warning Signs!”

You see, “only a Fool dives head first into something without reading the warning signs! The Warning Sign says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life!” [Romans. 6:23]. The Warning Sign says, “The person who sins will die.” [Ezekiel 18:20] The Warning Sign says, “ And I will punish the wicked for their iniquity, and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.” [Isaiah 30:11]. The Warning Sign says, “Sin is not to be embraced.” The Warning Sign says: Be alert! Be on guard! Be on watch! For sin is an enemy of mass proportions. When sin is finished it brings forth betrayal. When sin is finished it brings forth grief. When sin is finished it brings forth agony. When sin is finished it brings forth brokenness. When sin is finished it brings forth alienation. When sin is finished it brings forth torment. When sin is finished it brings forth condemnation. When sin is finished it brings forth despair. When sin is finished it brings forth heartache. When sin is finished it brings forth misery. The Warning Sign says, “Sin is deceitful. Sin is desirous. Sin is destructive.” The Warning Sign says, “This is the purpose behind everything Satan does. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” [John 10:10]. The Warning Sign says, “Sin need to be closed down, burned down, demolished, destroyed, annexed, and annihilated from your life; for it kills and destroys everything it touches. The Warning Sign says, “All sin is against God. The Warning Sign says, “All sin is a violation of God’s law. “[Psalms 51:4] The Warning Sign says, “Sin Is transgression against Life [Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:33]. And the Warning Sign says, “Sin will take your soul all the way to hell!” Who is the Warning Sign: God Is!

Listen, the Bible says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”. [Isaiah 55:7]. “It’s high time to surrender to the Lord’s Word and will... turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.” [Ezekiel 14:6]. The Bible says that when King Hezekiah became ill, the prophet came to him with a message, “...Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” [2 Kings 20:1]. The Scriptures tell us that King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and “wept sore” [v.3] as he repented and asked for mercy. And God is saying to you today, “Come now, and let us reason together: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”. [Isaiah 1:18]. “…Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not… For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” [Proverbs 8:32-36]. May you swim and not drown!


“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!”

“Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” [Ezekiel 34: 1-10]. “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1-2) “I will remove [you] from tending the flock so that [you] can no longer feed [yourself]. I will rescue my flock from [your] mouth, and [they] will no longer be food for [you]. May the sword strike [your] arm and [your] right eye! May [your] arm be completely withered, [your] right eye totally blinded! [Zechariah 11:17]. Behold, I am going to feed [you] wormwood and make [you] drink poisonous water, for from the prophets of Jerusalem pollution has gone forth into all the land [Jeremiah 23:15]… False Prophets and Empty Oracles! “Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning ... [James 4:9].

If you only knew the pain and frustration you have caused Christ, [Jeremiah 9-11] you would tremble in shame. I weep when I think about you standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. You have prophesied lies to the people. You have taught them after the imaginations of your own hearts. Instead of “crying aloud, sparing not, lifting up thy voice like a trumpet, and showing the people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” [Isaiah 58:1] you have taught false doctrines. I want you to know that when the Spirit says, ‘Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith Yahweh,’ the words are straightforward and plain.” I tell you as [Ezekiel 22:25] makes it very clear, “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey….. “ Pastors, Bishops, Preacher, Minister, Prophets, Apostles, Teachers, whatever you want to call yourself, ‘take heed’ to what is being said. This message is not light writing that can be easily dismissed for, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you….” [Deuteronomy 30:19]. I tell you, you ought to treat your position with great fear and trembling as you are very accountable before God! [Acts 20:28].

“Am I now trying to win the approval of people, or of God? … If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” [Gal. 1:10].

“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!” [1 Timothy 4:6].


Witness For Justice #835 Republic of Fear

Increasingly, the land of the brave is becoming the republic of fear. The list of people the Trump administration would have us fear is long and includes undocumented workers, the media, citizens from a list of Muslim majority countries, and refugees. President Trump has issued two executive orders of questionable legal validity that would, among other things, "pause" refugee entries into the United States for 120 days, call for "extreme vetting" and slash the number ultimately resettled in the U.S. during the current fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000. The first executive order attempted to block Syrian refugees from entering our country altogether.

Behind these orders is the fear that terrorists will enter the U.S. as refugees. Candidate Trump repeatedly warned that Syrian refugees entering the U.S. were "a great Trojan horse" that would generate acts of terrorism.

The Refugee Act of 1980 instituted systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the U.S. We already have the most stringent vetting procedures of any nation on earth; it typically takes two years and sometimes longer to complete the necessary security checks. According to the libertarian Cato Institute, not a single American life has been lost since that time due to terrorist attacks carried out by resettled refugees—not one. This includes the more than 780,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. since 9/11.

At the same time, more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every single year; over half a million since 9/11. Even so, President Trump signed legislation nullifying regulations requiring background checks for people with severe mental illness who were "determined by a court or similar authority to be a danger to themselves or others." The action is as incomprehensible as it is reprehensible.

While the current round of fear-mongering is not limited to refugees, they are among its most vulnerable targets. Sadly, this is not the first time we have turned them away. In 1937 Captain Gustaf Schroder brought 937 German Jewish refugees across the Atlantic on the steamer MS St. Louis. Secretary of State Cordell Hull advised President Roosevelt not to accept the Jews; Roosevelt took his advice. Finding no sanctuary in the Americas, the refugees were returned to Europe where many died in Nazi death camps. Shall we again turn away from our shores refugees fleeing for their lives?

Recently I visited Greece and witnessed the work done among Syrian refugees by a Greek church body. A clergy person said that when he looks in the faces of refugees, he sees an icon of God. If we look and see only potential terrorists, then we exit the land of the brave and enter the republic of fear. And when fear overtakes us, we are in danger of losing our republic altogether.


Sound the Alarm!

“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; Yes, it is approaching! A day of darkness and gloom, a day of thick clouds! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a vast and mighty army. Nothing like it has every happen in ages past, nor will the future hold anything like it, even to the most distant generations. Before it, fire devours, behind it flame torches. The land before it is like the Garden of Eden, and behind it, a desolate wilderness; from it nothing escapes. There is that of horses; like war horses they run. Like the rumble of chariots they hurtle across mountaintops; like the crackling of fiery flames devouring stubble; like a massive army in battle formation. Before them people tremble, every face turns pale. Like warriors they run, like soldiers they scale walls, each advancing in line, without swerving from the course. No one crowds the other; each advances in its own track; they plunge through the weapons; they are not checked. They charge the city, they run upon the wall; they climb into the houses; through the windows they enter like thieves. Before the earth trembles; the heaven shake; Sun and moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness. The Lord raises his voice at the head of his army; How immense is his host; How numerous those who carry out his command! How great is the day of the Lord! Utterly terrifying! Who can survive it? Return to the Lord with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning… for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and relenting in punishment. [Book of Joel].

You have been commanded by the Lord to set your face to the ground in humility, brokenness, and repentance. If you will not humble yourself, confess and forsake your sins, He will come suddenly to execute judgment. Quick judgment and sorrow upon all who shut the ear and close the mind to the trumpet sounding in Zion! Thus saith the Lord God; “There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done.” [Ezekiel 12:28]. This is a warning that is so serious; everyone should take serious thought about where they stand with God. There is a quickness of His coming that we are warned about. There is the urgent preparation needed prior to His coming that we are warned about. What the Bible says about the Lord’s coming is very near. It is upon us closer than we think. According to [1 Peter 4:17] judgment has already begun. You have been warned to repent, in advance of God’s judgment to come through this article. It is now your move!

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.” [Deuteronomy 30:19].

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done…. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes I am coming quickly” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus… [Revelation 22: 12, 20].

Scripture Reference: … [Obadiah 15] [Joel 2:1–11; 2:28–32; 3:1–16] [2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10] [Revelation 14] [Revelation 16:15] [Revelation 18] [Revelation 22: 7, 10-12, 20].


That "Adorable" Special Interest Group

A move is afoot in certain sectors of our society to put a permanent muffler on a special interest group that has been variously labeled as "whiney" and "obnoxiously persistent." In an effort to combat "dependency," government officials are cracking down. No longer will the largesse of public funds be used to protect this group declared to be "vulnerable" and "threatened."

A bold and sizable step in this direction was taken by the administration in its recent budget proposal. In outlining a strategy to rid our country of "waste," the White House took aim at funds that benefit a certain group more than others.

Wise readers undoubtedly know the nefarious special interest group to which I refer. The troublesome antics of this group likely keep some lying awake and agitated at night. Yes, the seemingly innocent group to which I refer is that of children—also known as little squirts, brats, and nippers.

You might not recall recent headlines declaring that children would suffer from budget cuts, but that simply reflects the principal strategy deployed: avoid calling them by name at any cost. That only empowers them and gives their concerns a spotlight. After all, this group originated the concept of being a "poster child."

The goal of the proposed cuts, however, is to act before any posters get raised and public sentiment is swayed with sentimentality for those who happen to be under the age of 18.

Thus, the focus of comments by government spokespersons is on anything but concerns related to the present and future realities faced by children. This is particularly the case in certain policy areas. There is no denying that any effort to address matters pertaining to pollution and the climate disproportionately benefits youngsters.

To avoid any such bias, the administration framed its actions as an aggressive attack on regulations rather than anything that might be described as "cute" and "loveable." The battle over words and meaning was soon won as one headline read "EPA Hit Hardest as Trump Budget Targets Regulations."

Can you imagine the public hysteria that would ensue if the headline read "EPA Hit Hardest as Trump Budget Targets Little Tykes"?

Just think of the PR disaster that would have occurred if people connected the proposed budget cuts with a major report released a day earlier by our nation's leading medical organizations. A central finding of this report on climate-related health impacts declared that children face the greatest risks and burdens as temperatures rise.

If parents made connections like this, they would be in an absolute moral panic. Helicopter moms and dads would be marching in the streets. A revolution would occur!

Needless to say, if politicians want to be re-elected, they have to use "kids' gloves" to deal with this "adorable" special interest group. Surely, it is best if they talk about "regulations" rather than high asthma rates or anything that makes you think of risk to your children's health.

Are budgets really "moral documents" as some would have us believe? Only if we let ourselves think of troublesome special interest groups that otherwise go unnamed.


“The Day of Pre-Sentencing!”

“Now the end has come upon you, and I will send My anger against you, says the Lord; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your evil. My eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, and your abominations will be in your midst; Then you shall know that I AM the LORD!” [Ezekiel 7:3-4]. Whatever wicked things you said and did would now be received back on you. “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7-10]. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. Listen, I AM not a man that I should lie. You will reap what you have sown! I am not blind or deaf. I see everything. It is only because of My great mercy that you have not been destroyed already. But make no mistake about it; you will reap what you have sown! [Judges 1:1-3:6].

When you look at the people of Israel, you see the consequences of disobedience. Most of the Israelites died in the desert. They did not take My words to heart. I want you to know that disobedience always leads to misfortune. The first King of Israel faced disastrous consequences because he failed to obey God. The hardening of his heart and his casual attitude to the sin of partial obedience caused him to be rejected as King. He lost his kingdom and eventually lost his life. Saul, who was among the prophets prophesying, anointed King of Israel and head and shoulders above his brothers turned away from God. Pride came into his heart and God rejected him. I want you to know that disobedience walks hand in hand with consequences. I also what you to know that disobedience has massive implication because oftentimes the person who breaks God’s laws is not the only one who ends up paying the price. Therefore, the choice that you make can affect people around you either directly or indirectly in a big way.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. [Galatians 6:76]. A man reaps what he sows.” Despite everything that sin has to offer, the deceptive pleasures that you may experience are not worth the price that you have to pay eventually. But you seem to think that you can go on and on in unrepented sin without the chastisement of God, but that is not so. [[Deuteronomy 11:28] [Deuteronomy 28:15-68] [Jeremiah 35: 14-19] [Isaiah 42:24-25]. [1Samuel 12:15]. [Jeremiah 12:17] [Hebrews 2:1-4].

If you have disobeyed the Lord in some area of your life, repent and confess your sin now. God is so good, so merciful and so compassionate, the Scripture says: “It is not the will of Him that any should perish [2 Peter 3:8-1]. God will forgive you and blot your sins if only you would repent and confess your sins. Today is the day of salvation, you are not promised tomorrow.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” [Deuteronomy 30:19]


Witness For Justice #832 In Search of a Moral Health Care System

We are a country whose citizens pledge "liberty and justice for all" and whose government is to be organized so as to "promote the common welfare". To propose a health care system that places an unfair burden on the poor and the elderly is a violation of those values, but that is exactly what the so called American Health Care Act does. This is the "repeal and replace" legislation that GOP leaders hope to expedite through Congress in the coming days.

It is difficult to imagine an issue that so profoundly affects each person the way health care does. It is complex, because we are complex and the contexts in which we live and work and have our being are also complex. Each of us needs health care at every stage of life, whether it is preventive services that help to keep us healthy and identify concerns or the myriad of procedures and therapies that address the host of conditions that can threaten our very existence.

Health care is, without question, a basic and fundamental human need. It is certainly equal to the need to access water, plumbing, electricity, trash removal, education as well as services that provide for our safety and security and that promote the common good. It only stands to reason that a service so essential to life be something we guarantee to every citizen. All of us together, as fellow citizens, are responsible to ensure access for everyone, regardless of economic status and ability to pay.

To be sure, the Affordable Care Act is something can and ought to be improved, but the evidence is clear about the millions of citizens who are benefitting from it, not the least of which are the millions who did not previously have health coverage. But rather than working on it together, it has been made into a political wedge that continues to divide the country. America deserves better.

If there is going to be a "repeal and replace" it must improve on the ACA by increasing the number of insured, lowering overall health care cost more than the ACA already has (and it has), and it must make health care more affordable, especially to those who struggle most to afford it. But the GOP’s "American Health Care Act" doesn’t do that. It continues to treat health care like a privilege or a commodity to be sold at market value with profits and tax breaks that line the pockets of the rich.

America can ill afford to be duped by this dubious plan that the GOP is rushing through without a score from the Congressional Budget Office denying Americans critical information about what their proposal will actually cost. By moving to a per capita formula for Medicaid with limits, it will leave states and health institutions holding the bill for the actual costs. Inevitably this will force these institutions to reduce access to care leaving the most vulnerable among us without. Although no federal funds to Planned Parenthood pay for abortion services, the GOP plan defunds Planned Parenthood which will leave hundreds of thousands of women without the health care services they need.

America needs a moral health care system that guarantees access to quality health for everyone, but this plan is not it. Americans must demand better from their Congressional leaders.


“Warn My People – The End Times Are Near!”

This message is a warning from God’s Word for everyone to repent of their sins and begin to live godly lives in the light of the scriptures and to begin to seek God with great intensity, honesty, sincerity and urgency. We are living in the end times, facing war, world conflict and distress and are awaiting the second coming of Jesus in the Rapture. Jesus warned the final Church Age with these words, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicea’s write; These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth…..[Revelation 3:14-17].

Now you can deny the fact that Jesus is coming soon if you want too, but you can’t change the truth of it. Jesus is coming, and He is coming soon. And when He comes, it will be with “sudden destruction” [2Thessalonians]. He will come when people are saying “Peace and safety!” I tell you this world is preparing itself for the fulfillment of God’s prophecies. The signs are everywhere…Only the spiritually blind will refuse to see what is as plain as day. The Bible says, “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) I beg you, don’t take it lightly; your eternity is at stake. Jesus says, “Come now, and let us reason together: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”. [Isaiah 1:18]. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousness man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” [Isaiah 55:7].

This is a call for you to believe the Bible. Jesus says that He is the only way of salvation, [John 14:6]. Jesus says that there is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun, [John 14:1-3; John 3:18]. Jesus coming again is a promise that is as sure as the sun coming up in the morning and setting in the evening. I don’t know where a message such as this finds you today. If you have never trusted Jesus as you Savior and you would like to be saved, I invite you to give your life to Him today and be saved. If you are saved, but the Lord has shown you that you are not ready for Him to return, there’s no better time than right now. If He has spoken to you on any level, don’t delay…. What will this “Day” mean for you, when the Lord comes “as a thief in the night”? Will it be a day of destruction or a day of delight? May God help you to understand—and to act.

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near,” [Revelation 1:3, see also 22:7].

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, that you and your descendants may live.” [Deuteronomy 30:19]

END TIME SIGNS … (Daniel 12:4) (Zechariah 12:3) (Matthew 13:25-30) (Matthew 24:6-14,24) (Luke 21:25-26). (1 Thessalonians 5:3) (1Timothy 4:3-4) (2 Timothy 3:1-5) (2 Timothy 4:4) (2 Peter 2:1-3) (2 Peter 3:3-6)


Witness For Justice #831 Let No One Pull You So Low Bentley de Bardelaben Executive for Administration and Communications

"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them." – 1John2:11 NIV

Whether a story is about the misuse of Native American tribal lands in North Dakota, Jewish American cemeteries being desecrated in Missouri, Indian men shot in Texas, or officers attacked for attempting to corral crowds who are picketing anywhere in our nation, reports like these slowly erode my spirit.

Have the lessons of my childhood about sharing and being kind, that many if not all of us were taught by our elders, evaporated? Generosity of heart, not scarcity, was a cultural mantra of those times. People took care of one another, some even dared to cross racial, religious, and ethnic lines. Communities mattered. Has "fear of the stranger" destroyed this important human concept?

According to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center there were 917 active hate groups in 2016. This is an increase from 784 active groups in 2014. Included in that elevated number are 130 factions of the KKK, 197 black separatists, and 52 anti-LGBTQ groups. Sadly, Anti-Muslim groups grew most dramatically rising from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. That's 197 percent! The SPLC defines a hate group as an organization that engages "beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."

In a 1956 essay titled, "Paul's Letter to American Christians", Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned these prophetic words, which still ring with truths in our current American context: "May I say just a word to those of you who are struggling against this evil (of injustice). Always be sure that you struggle with Christian methods and Christian weapons. Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Always avoid violence. If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in your struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos."

Wow! The more things change, the more things stay the same. While some of us struggle to adjust to a constant stream of bedlam dispensed from a newly forming federal administration, let us, Christians and non-Christians alike, try to remember King's admonition.

The one constant we can all expect to encounter in life is change. Although we may not like it, resisting it is futile. Responding to it in ways that injure innocents simply because we fear their difference only creates additional layers of chaos that further lead us down a dark path separating us from the light of the Creator. Let us try to embrace and learn from the gifts that change presents. We may find that it is less traumatic. Then we can begin to usher in the world we truly want and rightfully deserve.

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