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November 07, 2008
Vol. 50 No. 9

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The Chaplain's Corner

When I stood in line to vote on Tuesday, the four citizens ahead of me in line and the three behind me were Susquehanna students. That experience goes into a mental file folder of times I have felt a swell of pride by student actions (there's a companion folder labeled "What Were They Thinking?," a subject for another Corner).

Cynicism, jaded negativity about virtually everything, is among the greatest spiritual temptations of our time. Given the challenges facing the world, people can be forgiven for falling into it. Attitudes of persistent, sneering contemptuousness, however, can become a cancer on one's own soul as well as a detriment to the community.

At a particularly low point in Israel's history, the prophet Jeremiah delivered this word from God: "Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you..., and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."

Those who voted on Tuesday, and those who will remain involved in the political life, have rebuffed cheap cynicism; they have heard and hearkened to the prophet's words. That's a source of more than pride; it is an occasion for hope.

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