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January 5, 2013

Religion column: Put away the baby pictures and use the Force


“As I left him he said ‘be careful young Jedi,’ then later, ‘Read the Bible, it is very calming.’    

“The young Jedi thing is confusing to me but it’s Christmas. Hope all is well with you guys.”

I wrote back. 

“Well, Frank, at this point one might  quibble with the word “young,” but a Jedi knight you are, son, moving through the world and, in your quiet way, doing great good — as you did for Kevin, God bless and comfort him.”

Of course Frank’s a Jedi! He’s waging war against dark forces with the best of Light Sabers: the unbeatable power of Love, God-gifted to us, re-gifted by us. 

Hurray for Frank! And hurray for you, friends, as you take up that saber and fight the good fight. Don’t doubt that the Force is with you — the force that showed Itself in Jesus: the force of Infinite Love.

Jim Atwell is a Quaker minister who worships in Cooperstown.

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