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Candles of Peace for Tempest-tossed Days

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“Candles of Peace for Tempest-tossed Days” Isaiah 11: 1-9 By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 20, 2020 Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom Howard Thurman once wrote: “Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”  On this Fourth […]

Candles of Courage for Fears Ever Present

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“Candles of Courage for Fears Ever Present” Luke 1:26-38; Psalm 89:1-4 By Rev. Don Ludwig, December 13, 2020 The Catholic Mary I have this memory from when I was 14 years old of going to a friend’s house for a sleepover and feeling quietly scandalized by something I discovered about him and his family. No, […]

Candles of Hope Where Despair Keeps Watch

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“Candles of Hope Where Despair Keeps Watch” Job 11:17-20; 16:15-17; excerpt for Elie Wiesel – Hope. Despair, and Memory By Don Ludwig, December 6, 2020  A Hasidic Legend A Hasidic legend tells us that the great Rabbi Baal-Shem-Tov, Master of the Good Name, also known as the Besht, undertook an urgent and perilous mission: to […]

Candles of Joy Despite all the Sadness

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“Candles of Joy Despite all the Sadness” Matthew 6: 25-33; Philippians 4:6-7 By Rev. Don Ludwig, November 29, 2020 All Is Not For the Best Do you remember reading the satirical book Candide by Voltaire? I doubt when I first read it back in high school that I knew it was satire. The refrain that […]

Soul of the Whole

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“Soul of the Whole” by Rev. Don Ludwig, Dec. 24, 2019 – 11:00 p.m. Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Within Every Person Is The Soul Of The Whole; The Wise Silence; The Universal Beauty”    Introduction Five days ago, I experience a loss that was heart-wrenching.  Many might think it is trivial, but for me it […]