November 2, 2014
Matthew 5:1-12
1 John 3:1-3
Revelation 7:9-17


White grave markers -- white robes
All Saints Day

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Ron Love
The Arlington House was a mansion built as a living memorial to George Washington by the first president's adopted grandson. The estate was built on a 1,100-acre tract of land across the Potomac River from Washington DC. Decades later a distant cousin, Robert E. Lee, became the resident of the home. Between 1841 and 1857, Lee was away from Arlington House for several extended periods while serving in the Mexican War and then as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his alma mater. In 1857 Lee returned to Arlington to join his family and to serve as executor of the estate. Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna, lived at Arlington House until 1861, when Virginia ratified an alliance with the Confederacy and seceded from the Union. Lee, who had been named a major general for the Virginia military forces in April 1861, feared for his wife's safety and anticipated the loss of their family inheritance, so he moved to a new residence. Following the ratification of secession by Virginia, federal troops crossed the Potomac and took up positions around Arlington. Following the occupation, military installations were erected. In punishment for his allegiance to the South, the land was then made into a cemetery so Robert E. Lee would never be able to claim the Arlington House as a residency again. The Arlington National Cemetery was established on June 15, 1864.

Though Arlington National Cemetery may have been created as an act of retribution, it has become a tribute to our fallen warriors in battle. The 400,000 graves are a remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice for our country, both casualties of war and veterans. The white tombs arranged in straight lines as soldiers in formation are not unlike those who wore the white robes of martyrdom that surrounded the throne of God....

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Law and life
Proper 26 | OT 31

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Cathy Venkatesh
God gives the law to the Israelites as a blessing and guidance for new life after generations of promise, care, and saving grace. And yet so often we get caught up in the law and forget the God who made it. In the life of faith, God comes first, and the law follows. When we put the law first, trouble eventually ensues....

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