Fairy tales are full of inconvenient truths, like pride and arrogance bring unexpected consequences. It’s time to start reading them again!

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ~C.S. Lewis

Fairy tales convey many scary truths. For example, The Little Mermaid learned a hard lesson; so did the Fisherman and His Wife.  The Emperor’s New Clothes showed me how and why we can close our eyes to all kinds of things that make no sense. (Do You See A Buck-Naked Emperor?)

Now a scary lesson from another fairy tale unfolds.

The Princess and the Pea came to mind this morning as I gratefully watched the swearing in of the forty-sixth President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden. Not that I count myself royalty , or thin-skinned.  In the beauty and grandeur of an imposing celebration, I felt one unmentioned little issue: abortion. *

The reality of what abortion is and does is the elephant in the room.

I pray that recognizing the right to life for the least of these, the unborn, is not relegated to some museum of “movements,”  because it remains an inconvenient truth.

Jan. 22 is the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Ten days later, Black History Month begins. We should think about the connection. ~ Containing Abortion

It is bruising to read the history of how white Americans treated Blacks, Indians, Chinese, Catholics, and Jews; how we treat today’s immigrants fleeing unspeakable living conditions.

Yet, we overcame, albeit stumbling, failing, but rising to try again – that’s the promise of [every] new Administration.

I pray that Americans will come to understand and see that the rights of the unborn are as precious as the rights of the born.

Free us from under-believing the Gospel, and over-believing all the spin and sin swirling around us, and in us. Scotty Smith

When we learn how best to serve people facing the unplanned creation of human life, maybe we will learn how to be useful and compassionate to all human beings in the crazy uncertain times that are today.

Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of [her] soul . . . Men must not turn into bees who kill themselves stinging others ~ Francis Bacon


* A Sermon on Deuteronomy 5:17 ~More than No Murder.

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