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They Saw War: 12/13-14/2014

By Laura Buffington

You have probably seen this quote on office posters and coffee mugs and facebook posts: 

"Be kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

No one knows who said it first but there's some research on the origin of the quote here.

But whoever said it got the idea from Scripture.  As we continue looking at Revelation 12 and Ephesians 6, we want to recognize this week that everyone around us is engaged in warfare, whether their face reveals it or not.  

As we prepare for Christmas, it's tempting to focus on the good and the holy and to pretend that hard things aren't happening around us and in us.  When we do that, we miss out on telling each other the truth and battling beside each other, instead of against each other. 

Who do you know who might be in a particularly difficult stretch of fighting this season?  Who's grieving, struggling, fighting?

If it's you, tell someone so they can fight with you.  If it's somebody else, how can you serve them this week?

Here are a couple of links about honest Christmas cards, in case you wrestle with honesty during this season: one from Kay Warren and another from Jen Johnson.

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