Some of you may remember A.J. Cronin’s very popular novel, “The Keys of the Kingdom.” One of the main characters in the book is Father Chisholm, a missionary priest who has worked almost all of his life in China against overwhelming odds. There is a passage in which this good Christian missionary gives a clue to his remarkable courage and hope. He is talking to a distressed friend, a native farmer who was wringing his hands together and bitterly complaining because his garden had been completely washed out by a seasonal flood. “My plantings are all lost,” he cried. “We shall have to begin all over again.” And Father Chisholm replies quietly, “But that’s life my friend: to begin again…
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