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Merry Christmas

Lorenzo Lotto - ca 1527
One Solitary Life

Here is a man
who was born of Jewish parents,
The child of a peasant woman.
He never wrote a book.
He never held office.
He never went to college.
He never put foot inside a big city.
He never traveled two hundred miles
 from the place he was born.
He never did one of the things that
usually accompany greatness.
He had no credentials
But himself.............

While still a young man,
the tide of popular opinion
turned against him.
His friends ran away.
One of them denied him.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.
His executioners gambled for
the only piece of property
he had on earth...his coat.
When he was dead,
he was taken down
and laid in a borrowed grave
through the pity of a friend.

Twenty wide centuries
have come and gone,
and he is the centerpiece
of the human race and the
leader of the column of progress.
I am far within the mark
when I say that all the armies
that ever marched,
and all the navies
that were ever built....
have not effected the life of man
upon earth
as powerfully at that
One Solitary Life.

(Adapted from Dr. James Allan Francis "The Real Jesus and Other Sermons" @1926)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!


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