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December 10, 2009


Marilyn Ferrel

I have some reations to this sermon i would like to share. This Christmas I found out that in Greek pondering mean struggle, Mary struggled with what was happening to her. I found this affirming because I also struggle with faith especially during the dark times of my life.

You said "Mary found Gace and opened herself to the presence. So often grace is understood as something God does for us. I have lobg had difficulty with this. Rather I think of grace in the way you have used it. Mary accepted her pain and struggle and opend herself to union with God. For me this does not lead to joy so much as compassion: the ability to "suffer with' others.

George Hermanson

Thanks - like what you have said about struggle.

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