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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.


Not In Vain – 28 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

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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