Signs of the Times

The Reverend Frank A. Court in the Trinity United Methodist Chimes Denver, Colorado

I often wonder if we really know how to handle hostility.... Hate has never solved anything, and violence has only destroyed, and ill will can only create divisions. Even as Jesus was being put to death on a Cross, He refused to hate or allow the forces of destruction that were destroying His body to enter in and to take over the throne room of His mind or spirit. My, how I pray that not only on Christmas, but every day we may listen for an angel song of "Peace on earth, good will to men." I quite frankly believe our greatest need is that of goodwill instead of ill will, and the dedication of life to those creative forces building for peace and understanding.

Now I am such a believer in law, order, goodwill, and the spirit of America that I truly suffer when I read of the disruptive forces in our land. But suffering must become sharing in opening doors of opportunity, building bridges instead of walls, keeping channels of communication open so that antagonisms may wither and die in the knowledge that we are one in the family of God, in the spirit of our Christ.

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June 5, 1971

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