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April 28, 2021 by Leland P. Gamson (Arizona, USA)

The saying, “I have been so busy since I retired that I don’t know how I ever had time to work,” rings true for me. In the last year, I have become a Certified Methodist Lay Minister, published my eleventh children’s book, The Pony Who Wanted To Be A Unicorn, and have written Christian lyrics for beautiful old melodies such as “Plaisir d’amour.” Last month I delivered a sermon entitled, “Puppies in Paradise, or Are There Animals in Heaven?” (The answer, based on scripture, is “yes.”)

Two weeks ago, my brother-in-law and brother in Christ, Rocky, died of COVID-19. We were afraid how our 100-year-old mother would react to a favorite son-in-law dying suddenly at the age of 68. To my surprise, she took it well, saying, “These things happen in this world.” My sister-in-law, Gwen, pointed out that at 100, she is keenly aware of death. She is also keenly aware that Jesus promised his disciples that we will live with him, in Paradise, forever.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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