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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.


Veterans Day – 11 November 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

This year Veterans Day will be observed tomorrow – Monday, November 12th – because today is Sunday, a non-workday.

I wonder how many pastors who consider themselves followers of Christ will quote Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) today. After all, it was Jesus who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Also in Matthew (24:10-11) Jesus says, “And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many.” Obviously, war-promoters are not blessed and would probably fall into the same category as false prophets.

As we honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom, we should never forget the pain and suffering that war brings. War is wasteful in terms of lives, the earth, and money. Perhaps one day all the inhabitants of this small planet will realize that in the end, no one really wins a war – everyone loses, more or less. As the following quotation by an unknown author says, “There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war, except its ending.”

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