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Love After Love

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The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott

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April 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

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How Susan Boyle Won Over The World

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Susan Boyle
Last weekend, Susan Boyle was just a face in the crowd.

This weekend, clips of her singing on Britain’s Got Talent have notched up almost 50 million views on YouTube.

Her face appears on the front pages of papers in Britain and beyond, she been offered a seat on Oprah’s sofa and has been told she is as good as guaranteed a worldwide number one album.

The rise of the 47-year-old woman from Scotland has been a true global phenomenon.

Last Saturday, viewers saw Boyle, with double chin, unkempt hair, frumpy appearance and eccentric demeanour, step onto the talent show stage and proclaim her dream of being a professional singer.

The judges rolled their eyes and the audience pulled incredulous faces. Onlookers, on set and at home, were rubbing their hands at the prospect of another hopeless, deluded loser being crushed by a withering Simon Cowell insult.

Then she opened her mouth and sang I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.

Her voice confounded all expectations – the judges’ eyes bulged, the crowd went wild and Boyle became an instant star.

Ever since, the “fairytale” has travelled the globe and interest in the church volunteer has snowballed.

Source: BBC News

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April 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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Two Easter Crowns

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Turtles

Several summers ago, my children found two turtles and put them in the vegetable garden. During a thaw the next February, as I was digging up the soggy soil where the peas go, I lifted a heavy mound with my shovel, and then another. The two turtles had burrowed down for winter sleep, and I had rudely awakened them too soon. So I carried them to a corner of the garden where I would not disturb them and dug them in again. When my wife said that she feared the turtles might be dead, I said I did not think so (though I wasn’t as sure as I sounded). I insisted that in spring, they would come up. And they did in Easter week.

Lilies and hyacinths signify the resurrection, and I can understand why. But I have a pair of turtles that plant themselves in my garden each fall like two gigantic seeds and rise on Easter with earthen crowns upon their humbled heads. With the women at the tomb, I marvel.

Vigen Guroian

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April 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

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Lord, Why Do We Suffer? – A Lenten Reflection

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Among the species in our planet only human beings have the ability to ask questions.

We question when we suffer.

We question when we lose our jobs. We question when our businesses go bankrupt. We question when our relationships are broken. We question when we become critically ill. We question when we mourn the death of a loved one.

We question and ask God: “Lord, why do we suffer?” And there seems no forthcoming answer. God seems to be distant. God seems to be silent.

But the truth of the matter is: God answers us. His answer- Jesus hanging on the cross.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush he asked God: “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘ The God of your ancestors has sent me to you, ‘ and they ask me,’ What is his name? ‘ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses: “Ehye Asher Ehye” – later translated as Yahweh – which means: “I am who I am.”

Yes, he is the Great “I am” who promised us: “I am with you always.” Yet he is not only the God who promised us to accompany us through the twists and turns of the journey of life; but he is also the God who took upon himself our pains and sorrows – to teach us that faith does not mean mean believing “because of” but faith means believing “inspite of.”

Faith does not mean believing because things turn out well in our life. Faith means believing inspite of the fact that things do not turn out well in our lives. Faith means believing inspite of the fact that we experience pain, sorrows, and even tragedy in life.

“It is finished.” As God completes his work of redemption through the sufferings and death of Jesus, we contemplate  the limp, lifeless, and bruised body of Jesus remembering that he suffered to give meaning to our sufferings.

As the prophet Isaiah says: “With his stripes we are healed.”

– Matt

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April 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm