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Religious Preoccupations

"O come, let us sing to the Lord!"

You stand in the middle of the street with the Bible held over your head. Why isn't everyone singing? Commuters honk and drive around you. Children on their way to school scurry by you nervously. Don't they realize that God could come today?

The voice came to you in the middle of the night: "Send out thy light and thy truth." You stayed up all night. You turned on all the lights in the house and the garage. You carried candles out to the street and lit them. You stuffed newspaper into a garbage can and were about to light it when the sun started to rise. You took that as a sign that God was pleased, and you took to the streets to announce his arrival.

 

 

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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