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  • Through Us | Anne Robertson
    years old The younger William Emerson the poet s father also became a minister and was one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bible Society which I lead That is exactly what history feels like on the streets of Boston and why the Boston Marathon is the perfect event for the day It is triumphant and strenuous grueling and exhilirating dangerous and lifegiving all at once Those who run in Boston do so for themselves to be sure They train for months and years just to qualify to get out there and say they did it Even the very last to stumble across the finish line is a victor But there is also something more Those in Boston also run for the day They run on the very ground where men fought and died to create a free and independent nation They run where those we now look to as founding fathers ran and played as children took up arms as men and finally governed a new and chaotic nation They run where people wrestled with conflicting loyalties and where ministers like William Emerson both buried the dead and brought others to the grave with their own muskets They run on ground that has been soaked by blood before The battles of Lexington and Concord are re enacted in the early morning every Patiots Day And then the runners run and the Red Sox play filling the day with sweat and exertion and memory and the hope of symbolic victories But yesterday was not to be so simple Yesterday came the bomb blasts very literally heard round the world The symbolic battlefield suddenly was filled with very real carnage We are in shock here in Boston In the days weeks and months to come there will be much to say and do People will turn to faith leaders for answers to their Why s and we will stumble through our inadequate responses As our shock passes through grief to anger God will get an earful as prayers ascend around the city And some praying lips will fall silent with a new conviction that no one is there to hear them after all As understandable as that all is honestly God gets an earful from me as well at times like these I think we are mistaken to look to the Divine to spare us from all horror or to magically fix the tragedies that rain like sulphur upon our heads My Judeo Christian faith teaches me that from the creation of Adam onward God is at work in the world through us God is vigilant in tryng to prevent tragedy through us God is an instantaneous responder in terror attacks through us God is with everyone who suffers through even the deepest grief and loss through us When horror attacks when evil rears its abominable head and strikes instead of blaming God we should hear it as our own call to step it up Like the battles of Lexington and

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  • American Revolution | Anne Robertson
    to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home American Revolution Tue 04 16 2013 14 54 annerobertson2 Through Us Minuteman Statue in Lexington Mass In the poem

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  • Lexington | Anne Robertson
    According to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home Lexington Tue 04 16 2013 14 54 annerobertson2 Through Us Minuteman Statue in Lexington Mass In the poem

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  • The Bible, Vows, and Politics | Anne Robertson
    In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home Blogs annerobertson2 s blog The Bible Vows and Politics Tue 07 12 2011 20 29 annerobertson2 Sacrifice of Jepthah s Daughter It s not about keeping vows it s about not making absolute vows in the first place It is a snare for one to say rashly It is holy and begin to reflect only after making a vow Proverbs 20 25 As businesses economists and foreign governments look on with disbelief the political talk in Washington has somehow become all about vows Suddenly there seem to be all these vows that politicians are being asked to sign from vows about opposing same sex marriage to vows to avoid tax increases no matter what Especially around the tax debate I hear pundits saying that Republicans learned their lesson when the first President Bush said Read my lips no new taxes and then lost the election when he couldn t keep that promise It seems to me that if that s what they learned they learned the wrong lesson The lesson was not to make vows that could be impossible to keep I admire the Republicans for keeping their vow not to raise taxes said Pat Buchanan the other day So am I understanding this right They made a vow that no matter what the facts might show no matter who might be at risk no matter if the entire country and perhaps even the world might be plunged into economic disaster they would not ever vote to increase revenue for the government Truly The thing that jumped first to mind when I heard Buchanan s statement was one of the most difficult stories in the Bible You ll find it in Judges 11 where Jepthah makes a vow to God that if he is granted victory in battle he will sacrifice whatever is first out the door when he gets home To his dismay the first thing out the door upon Jepthah s return was his daughter his only child Jephthah keeps his vow Unlike most readers of the story the book of Hebrews later lists him as a faith hero because of it I completely

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  • With Liberty for Casey and Justice for...ummm... | Anne Robertson
    2011 17 28 annerobertson2 We have a legal system in America not a justice system The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath Mark 2 27 Like millions of others in America this week I watched the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial being handed down Like just a handful of others however I was not surprised at her acquittal Yes I think she s guilty of killing her young daughter and I would bet most every juror thinks so too But I have realized for some time now that with just a few exceptions we no longer have a justice system We have a legal system There was no way within the legal system to convict Casey Anthony She lied to and withheld information from so many people at the beginning that by the time they did find her daughter it was too late to even determine a cause of death No matter that all the other pieces of the puzzle point to her guilt you can t convict if there remains reasonable doubt Well if no one can say definitevely how when or where the child died that has to create reasonable doubt when considering a murder conviction It s all about the letter of the law It is about legality not justice We see this in our law all the time I abhor the aerial slaughter of wolves for example And those interested in justice came to see that gunning down an animal from the air is hardly sportsmanlike behavior especially after you have chased the poor thing in an airplane so that it is too exhausted to move You don t even have to hit a moving target The practice was made illegal in 1972 However because the language in the law said you couldn t shoot a wolf from an airplane it became perfectly legal to to run the wolf ragged with an airplane land get out and shoot the wolf from the ground An exception was made for necessary population control as well And so an unjust practice continues quite legally Way back in 1862 when the country was deciding how to pay for the Civil War it was decided that it was fair and just to have the rich pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than the poor It is still the feeling that what Jesus said in Luke 12 48 is true From everyone who has been given much much will be demanded and from the one who has been entrusted with much much more will be asked That is just But as we moved from asking What is just to What is legal loopholes in the tax code were found and exploited Now just talk of closing those loopholes that enable the rich to avoid paying much if anything in taxes is shutting down our government Books could be filled with such examples We have executed the innocent and freed the guilty ravaged the

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  • Casey Anthony | Anne Robertson
    The God Lens The Gospel According to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home Casey Anthony Thu 07 07 2011 17 28 annerobertson2 With Liberty for Casey

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  • justice | Anne Robertson
    101 The God Lens The Gospel According to David The King Repents Kings Job Why Be Good Psalms Become Thanksgiving Lamentations Where is the Hope Ezekiel Can These Bones Live The Repentance of Believers Where Are The Shepherds Jonah A Big Fish Story Apostles Creed Sermons Matthew Booking Passage By Their Fruit Don t Go Back the Way You Came Epiphany Get Out of the Boat Guard Your Heart Is God Fair Jesus The Son Mount of Olives Sealed in the Tomb Temptations The Canaanite Woman Mark Blind Bartimaeus Clearing the Temple Eating With Sinners I Believe The Living Christ Whatever It Takes Luke Conceived By the Spirit Counting the Cost Going Out of Your Mind Mother of God Mt of Transfiguration Revealed Rock Concert The Duty of Constant Communion The Shepherd Channel The Shepherd Channel Transformation in Whoville Ups and Downs Who s In Charge John Immigration This Must Be the Place Wade in the Water Water Into Wine Lazarus Come Out Stay in the Machine Where are the Shepherds While It Was Still Dark Acts God s Cleansing Love Holy Spirit Sharing the Load Singing In Prison Romans Apart From the Law Maker of Heaven and Earth Tower of Love Who s the Judge 1 Corinthians Here I Stand Resurrection of the Body The More Excellent Way What s It All About Ephesians Holy Catholic Church Philippians Christ the King 1 John Courage Forgiveness of Sins The Catholic Spirit Hebrews Other Alden Bradford Oration On Pests Blog Posts Lost in Ashes Yard Work As Viewed From Heaven In the Pit Re membering Faith Shoveling Piles of White Stuff The Responsibility of Freedom Good Times Decision Time Be the Boss of You Because He Died more Home justice Thu 07 07 2011 17 28 annerobertson2 With Liberty for Casey

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  • Death in a Bottle | Anne Robertson
    Death was walking down the beach never turning to the left or to the right but heading straight for the house where his Mother lay sick With only a single thought Milo took a flying leap off the dune and with a yell like the wild men he had heard about in tales he jumped on Death from behind Death fell to the ground dropped his scythe and they began to wrestle Over and over they turned in the sand first Death was winning then Milo then Death But a boy s love for his mother is strong and his love made Milo stronger even than Death Milo began to win the fight As Milo began to win Death began to shrink and the smaller Death got the harder Milo fought until Death was just a tiny little thing that Milo clutched tightly in his fist Panting Milo got up unsure what to do next He was holding Death in his hand If he let go Death would be free and take his mother But he couldn t hold onto Death this way forever He didn t know what to do Then Milo saw something out of the corner of his eye There in the sand dune was an old empty bottle With his free hand Milo grabbed the bottle and began to stuff Death inside it Death wriggled and squirmed and even got a little bigger but Milo was able to stuff Death into the bottle and quickly covered it with his hand Death grew enough to fill the bottle so that Death s pale drawn face was mashed against the side But Death could not get out Milo looked around He found some seaweed and small stones and did the best he could with one hand to make a cork for the bottle Holding his breath he quickly moved his hand and plugged up the bottle with his new cork It worked Death could not escape Milo looked at the water The tide was going out There was a dock nearby and Milo ran to the end of the long dock and with all his might he threw the bottle out into the sea just as far as he could possibly throw it Then he ran home to his house When he got home Milo was amazed There was his mother looking as happy and healthy as always bustling around the kitchen preparing the stove Milo she said I m so very glad to see you The most curious thing has happened while you ve been gone Once I felt better I got up and went to Miss Gretchen s myself to get our eggs You see I have them here But Milo I can t cook them Of course not Mother said Milo You ve been sick I ll cook the eggs No Milo said his Mother It s not that I m not well enough to cook them I can t cook them They won t

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