Dan Phillips: Wrestling

December 27, 1998

I have been wrestling with God, and losing. God attacks me when I am at my lowest, and doesn't fight fair. And unlike Jacob, I don't think I have prevailed. In fact, the fight is still going on, and I don't know if I can hold on. The issues of right and wrong, good and evil, Jesus and faith, salvation and redemption swirl around me.


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Ronald Arms: Salvation and Other Mistakes

December 20, 1998

Suppose God makes mistakes on purpose in order to teach us to learn from ours. Suppose the Holy One labels our knowledge and our certainty a mistake so that we will rediscover the importance of learning. Suppose the Sacred makes the mistake of allowing Christmas to become the year’s largest commercial season so that we learn that life is not about the accumulation of things. Suppose the Divine makes the mistake of using the most important birth of all to teach us dying is to death as birth is to living.


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