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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.


A Fresh Start – 5 November 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

The TV news programs have been showing the nearly worldwide celebration of yesterday’s election outcome. The new President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have their work cut out for them: straightening out the mess left by their predecessors.

Deregulation and a lack of oversight contributed to the problems that confront our country today. As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Unfortunately, many people have a short memory and fall for the same old ploys. It’s as though they want to be lied to. This reminds me of a Bible passage in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 5:30-31) where it describes the ancient Israelites as wanting their corrupt leaders to lie to them:

30 "An appalling and horrible thing
Has happened in the land:

31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on their own authority;
And My [God’s] people love it so!
But what will you do at the end of it?
~New American Standard Bible

Hopefully, our new leaders will clean up the mess and restore confidence in our government.

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