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I’ve been thinking about that word aftermath. Out of curiosity, I looked it up on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. One of the meanings is: the period immediately following a usually ruinous event. Not satisfied with what I found I dug into the etymology of the word. The first known use was in 1523. The math being referred to is an archaic term. It once meant “mowing a crop”. It came to its current meaning because of the destructive nature of the first mowing and that the second growth after the mowing usually wasn’t as good as the first. With everything that’s going on in the world, there are so many people living in the aftermath of something. The aftermath that you may find yo

Is it well?

One of my favorite old hymns is the song ‘It Is Well.’ It so eloquently peruses the trials of life, the joys, the victories, the rejoicing we have in Christ through it all. But do we truly believe that it is well? When all is right in our little corner of the world, we say with certainty that God is good! We declare that we are blessed, and we share praise of the wonderful things happening. Yet, when less than wonderful times come our way, we plead for God to fix it. Change it. Move mightily on our behalf. Through it all, however, we must remember, that it is STILL well. God is good-no matter our circumstances. The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, “... I have learned to be conten

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