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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.


Good Friday – 21 March 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

For Churches using the Gregorian calendar to calculate the date of Easter (Resurrection Day), today is Good Friday – the Friday before Easter that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.

Isn’t it ironic that so many people, who consider themselves to be “good Christians” and believe that Jesus was the final sacrifice, continue to have animals sacrificed for their own lust and pride? Instead of being truly loving and hearing the cries of suffering animals, they turn a deaf ear, just as those who said “crucify Him, crucify Him.”

I found this beautiful poem in our old book of religious poetry published in 1926. It was written by James Cowden Wallace, an Englishman who wrote many hymns.

By James Cowden Wallace
(1793 – 1841)

There is an Eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night;
There is an Ear that never shuts
When sink the beams of light.

There is an Arm that never tires
When human strength gives way;
There is a Love that never fails
When earthly loves decay.

That Eye unseen o’erwatcheth all;
That Arm upholds the sky;
That Ear doth hear the sparrows call;
That Love is ever nigh.

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