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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.


THE WHEAT AND THE TARES – 11 August 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

I wrote this after thinking about the obvious and growing chasm between the few who are truly humane and those who choose to wallow in hard-hearted pursuits and cruelty-derived products of this fallen world.

(Matthew 13:24-30)*
By Mary T. Hoffman

The wheat and the tares grow up together,
Though it could hardly be said
That they are “birds of a feather.”

The wheat survive bouts
Of biblical doubts
By the enemy sown to catch unawares
The wheat and the tares.
But the wheat search to find
What is pure, what is kind;
Not satisfied to be content
With less than God’s true intent.

But the minds of the tares
Succumb to Satan’s snares:
Their hearts and souls they sell
Till they end up in hell.
*Matthew 13:24-30

24 He [Jesus] presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25 "But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

26 "But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.

27 "And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'

28 "And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' And the slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?'

29 "But he said, 'No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them.

30 'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn." ' "

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