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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Summer of '68," Aug. 9, 2008

What the day brings forth

Thanks for the good reminder based on Marvin Olasky's cardiac surprise and John Piper's experience with cancer ("Don't waste your bypass," June 28). I had my own wake-up call in April via aggravated assault while I was out walking and reviewing Scripture. We do not know what a day may bring forth.
-Nancy Henrickson; Houston, Texas

When I had cancer, well-meaning people told me, "You don't deserve this!" But according to the Bible, I did deserve it, and worse. If I had died at age 26 and left my two little girls without a mother, my life was still a picture of God's grace. Every time I had seen a baby smile, held my husband's hand, smelled a campfire, or even taken a breath, I experienced a precious gift from God. Seven healthy years and three babies later, my kids' drawings and my husband's loving glances still get me teary-eyed. Dirty diapers, uncorrected math papers, and piles of unwashed laundry are proof that I'm still alive and experiencing God's grace in another day.
-Melanie Burns; Becida, Minn.

Political package

One would think that Barack Obama, in meeting with prominent Christian leaders ("The natural," June 28), would want the Christian community to know where he stands theologically on questions such as whether he believes Jesus is the only way to God. Instead, his answer was off the record. That says far more than he would like it to say. It seems to me that he is not a new kind of politician, only a regular politician in a new package.
-Thomas Burley; Alto, Mich.

Our foremost concern

I was thrilled to read in "Less is more" (June 14) the sentence that, apart from the command to love the Lord our God, "all the rest of that school's education will be as hollow as it is shallow." Many Christians, without batting an eyelash, send their children to godless institutions. Thank you for reminding us that a Christ-centered education should be our foremost concern for our children.
-Tiffanie Rajki; Windsor, Ontario

Mark of faith

I just returned from a Mennonite Heritage Tour to Poland and Ukraine to find your article about heritage tours ("A journey up the family tree," June 14). Like the author, I got to meet distant relatives, hear stories of the past, and see where my great-grandparents lived and worked. It was a thrilling surprise and a special blessing to see Poles and Ukrainians restoring Mennonite homes and cemeteries; my ancestors' faith must have left a positive mark on the countries of their sojourn. I saw a Ukrainian train station from which Mennonites had been deported to Siberia after World War II. While they waited they sang a hymn, and as the last train pulled away their Ukrainian neighbors also sang "Take Thou My Hand, O Father."
-Vangie Poggemiller; Rustburg, Va.

Letting lies pass

Joel Belz argued that racism is not the cause of Obama's problem ("Don't blame racism," May 17). Regardless, it would serve well to mention the xenophobic and racist attacks against Obama based on his purported Islamic roots. I have received countless emails forwarded by Christian friends with an apparently low view of the truth. The emails describe how close "Obama" is to "Osama," his secret Islamic agenda, and hidden Arab roots. Followers of one who called Himself the Truth shouldn't be comfortable letting lies pass through their inboxes and communities.
-Michael Rhodes; Memphis, Tenn.


Keith Ellison represents the 5th congressional district of Minnesota ("Under wraps," July 12, p. 48).


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