"For me, this strikes particularly close to home...my grandmother faces dementia. As of this past week she has suffered an infection that now clouds her mind even more, and causes her fits of paranoia...My family joins the countless strangers on the street that have loved ones facing the same disease and struggle."
"...when our religious lives numb us to the painful realities of this world I our popularity with God might decrease. Our relationship with God should inspire deeper human interacting, not greater human relationship recession."
"If we want to be in deeper relationship with God we must be in deeper relationship with humanity. Using Scripture as a weapon to beat down others could not be more contradictory to the lives God calls us to live."
Christmas Day has passed. Now, people return to the stores from whence their gifts were bought, and make certain they get the "right" "thing." Adults and children alike were bummed and excited to find their gifts on Christmas Day. Fact is, we suffer now from a "hangover" that is neither curable nor quick – something we must suffer.