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October 04, 2006

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I agree that ministry among the poor can stimulate a discontent which makes one long for the consummation of the kingdom. Though we, as Christians, rightly pray for the kingdom to come to the sphere in which we live on earth, there is a day coming in which all will be made right. Until recently, I have not had much direct contact with those living in true poverty. When I see the images of lives struggling to regain the dignity for which they were designed, I sometimes want to close the door on the magnitude of pain which this illicits. Your post reminded me of the fact that sometimes it is right to feel pain, especially when it urges one to pray for the very issues that pain our God. May we continue to long for the return of the Lord in all His fullness.

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