Today, Two Things…

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The headlines are heavy.
Boko Haram.
Political craziness.
A train crash.
The funerals.
A friend whose memory is failing.

In the face of all of that and more, today I am going to do two things.
First, I will acknowledge the suffering and pain and heartbreak that surround so many and, to the extent that I am able, allow it it break my heart as well.

Second, I am going to pay close attention to the goodness which brushes up against my life today which will never make the headlines in the news.
The gift of a grandchild.
The support that surrounds a family in a time of need.
The moment I have to pray. Please. Thank you. Please. Wow.
Food being prepared to share with others.

I don’t want to ignore or to turn away from what is the reality of so many, but at the same time I don’t want to forget the goodness and grace which brushes up against our lives each day.

Paul Alcorn is Pastor at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford Village, NY. He is also a new grandfather,

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