Visions of deliverance

About fourteen years ago a friend and I first visited Lowell, Massachusetts, the city that is featured in this week's "News & Commentary." At the time, Lowell was only at the beginning of its journey toward renewal, and there were plenty of bumps in the road ahead. What we saw, however, made us both love the city, despite its gritty appearance. A year or so later, through an unexpected chain of events, we were delighted to join a church in Lowell that included people who were actively praying for the city's progress.

It became apparent as time went along that one of the difficulties facing Lowell was a lack of vision. The people seemed so weighed down by the city's problems that they had lost sight of the good that was going on. A major change came when part of a large religious denomination chose Lowell as the site for its annual meeting. People attending the convention told the city officials that they liked the family orientation of the area and the kindness of the people.

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Home is in the heart
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