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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


“Now We See In a Mirror Dimly” – 28 January 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Whenever I read the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, I think of all those who have died and now “know fully” what this life is really all about.

12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.

13 But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ New American Standard Bible

Paul says that while we are on earth “we know in part…but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10)

Since no one living upon this earth knows the full magnitude of the wonders of Heaven, all we can do is rely on the teachings of Jesus as found in the Bible. And since we cannot see what is in store for us after death, we should live as close to His ideals as possible now.

Compared to eternity, this life is extremely short even for those who live to be over one hundred years of age. While in our earthly bodies we should do our best to help alleviate pain and suffering in all of creation, always behaving peacefully with love.

As Paul explains, “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant...does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth…” (1 Corinthians 13:4, 6)

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