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In these heartbreaking times, it’s easy to question where the world is going and to search for hope, goodness and truth in it all. But that can lead to painful questions. What is truth when somebody is callously killed? What is truth when unrest and turmoil sweep across cities? What is truth when disease ravages nations? What is truth when new headlines seep into your thoughts, wearing down your well-being and upending your balance? Here we are, in the throes of chaos, hurting at the result, wondering what is truth in all this? It’s a question that goes back thousands…

A little girl was invited for dinner at the home of her first-grade friend. The vegetable was buttered broccoli and the mother asked if she liked it. “Oh, yes,” the child replied politely, “I love it!” But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The hostess said, “I thought you said you loved broccoli.” The girl replied sweetly, “Oh, yes ma’am, I do, but not enough to eat it!” Do you love others? “Of course I do!” We all would say that! It’s the only right answer. But what do you mean by love? So…

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”  (Romans 13:10 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) This morning I was convicted by this scripture that a friend posted on Facebook.  Not that I have done any wrong to my neighbors, but I haven’t shown them the proper love they deserve either.  Penny, my neighbor across the street, is homebound with Alzheimer’s and I haven’t visited her for a while.  So, today I plan on visiting her.  A nurse is with her every day and cares for her, but, as her…