Not In Vain

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Not In Vain – 28 June 2006

This poem by Emily Dickinson may be short and simple, but it conveys a profound message – a message that is basic to Christianity. If we take Emily Dickinson’s examples to heart, each person, using his or her God-given sensitivity and ability, can make the world a better place for all His creatures, both human and nonhuman.

Not In Vain
By Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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