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Arches of hope
Arches can give rise to many thoughts, from the mundane to the sublime. In a crossword puzzle, the answer to “segment of a circle” is “arc.” Interestingly, if a rainbow didn’t appear to end at the ground, the viewer would see a complete circle. So an arch or a rainbow arc implies a circle, without beginning or end, a symbol of infinity.
These arches are at the Monastery of St. John on the Greek island of Patmos, which I visited on a recent Bible study tour, and where it’s said John wrote the book of Revelation. Such a biblical site leads one to contemplate spiritual sermons suggested by architectural and natural marvels.
The religious and civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of “the arch of the moral universe” that “bends toward justice.” He referred to his faith that “we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope” (Address to the Massachusetts State Legislature, 1965).
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Steve Ryf, Annette Kreutziger-Herr, Anna Willis, Merywynne Ruggirello
We're not watching alone
Gillian Litchfield, Copy Editor
A sentinel by land or by sea
Prayer during an airport crisis
The 'balm,' not the bomb
Accosted, but able to forgive
A little more faith defeats fear
Arches of hope
Sharing at a state university
The amplitude of God's love
Watching out for good
Our right to be free
Finding joy in serving church
What can fear do to you?
Healed from effects of a fall
Hockey injury healed
Bonnie Ulm with contributions from Sally Ann Prier
Gems on your crown