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Lessons from Lepers

Did you know that it was Abraham Lincoln who, in the midst of the War Between the States, in 1863, established the annual celebration of Thanksgiving? Lincoln had learned how important it is to stop and thank God in the midst of great difficulties.   When Lincoln was 7 years of age, his family was forced out of their home, and Abe went to work. When he was 9, his mother died. He lost his job as a store clerk when he was 20. He wanted to go to law school, but he didn’t have the prior education necessary. At age 23 he went into debt to be a partner in a small store. Three years later the business partner died, and the resulting debt took years to repay.   When Lincoln was 28, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him, and she turned him down. On his third try he was elected to Congress, at age 37, but then failed to be re-elected. His son died at 4 years of age. When Lincoln was 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At age 47 he ran for the vice-presidency and lost. B

The Grand Finale

  Listen for God’s word to you from Revelation 22…   Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb  2  down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  3  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.  4  They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  5  There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. 6  The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” 7  “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is

All Things New

  Listen for God’s word to you from Revelation 21…   Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”   for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,   and there was no longer any sea.   I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,   prepared as a bride   beautifully dressed for her husband.   And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.   They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.   ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.   There will be no more death’   or mourning or crying or pain,   for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne   said, “I am making everything new!”   Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done.   I am the Alpha and the Omega,   the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost   from the spring of