Refinement

We are now midway through the season of Lent, which is the 6 1/2 weeks leading up to Easter.  Among other things, Lent is a time of year when we can look at the darker side of our experience; the suffering, the loss, the mistakes.  Rather than condemning us as somehow wrong or shameful, and rather than pretending that these parts of life don't exist, Lent acknowledges them, and hopes to find some meaning in them. Scripture refers to these things as being like the refiner's fire, by which silver is purified.  And we understand…
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