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Shawn Smucker
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It was a comfort to drive the streets of this city and see so many people going about their lives. I hope we remember to love each other even more. I hope we stand up for those in the margins, those at the edge. I hope.

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Some honest thoughts on trying to get a book published.

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So I apologize to you now
for the times that Leo has used you
as a teething toy, or when Sammy and Abra
toted you around by your tearing pages,
pretending they were in college.

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Last week, Maile and I sat down with a Muslim refugee who now lives in Lancaster. We were introduced through CWS - Lancaster Immigration & Refugee Program. This is her story:

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I glanced over at Maile in those moments and she was crying, too. Maile, the blond-haired American with her nose ring, sitting across from Miriam, a Middle Eastern Muslim with her hair hidden under her hijab, the dark folds of her clothing hiding everything except her face and hands.
I think that if anything can overcome the evil in this world, it’s the transformation that comes when we sit and listen to the pain of those we have been told are our enemies.

http://shawnsmucker.com/2015/11/he-told-her-an-absent-mother-is-better-than-a-dead-mother/

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Maybe baptism starts in a church, guided by a pastor, observed by a gentle congregation. But I don’t think it ever stops there – I think baptism follows us down the street on a rainy autumn day, chases us through the leaves, catches us just across the street from the mechanic shop in that moment when your little boy looks up and asks you if he can jump in that puddle of glistening water, the one reflecting the golden leaves and the gray sky.

“Please, Dad? Just once?”

http://shawnsmucker.com/2015/11/of-baptisms-and-leaves-and-a-little-boy-leading-the-way/

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Most days, I don’t know. Most days, it seems the evil and the ignorance is winning. Most days it seems like the corrupt businessmen and the blowhard politicians have everything going for them. But then there are brief moments, when we’re choosing our favorite stained glass window, or when Reverend Lauren’s voice first sounds out, or when we as a congregation say those words together, I can almost believe. it
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.

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A letter to my friends who are not famous:

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it amazes me what an incredible impact this has had on our lives, this seemingly random thing my grandparents decided to start doing 60 years ago. http://shawnsmucker.com/2015/09/what-my-familys-been-doing-for-60-years/
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