Pastor Joel Schwartz - The Third Sunday After the Epiphany - Sunday, January 22, 2023
Certain cities and towns are shrouded in darkness because of some event from their history. Some of you might know what I mean when I give the names of towns like: Gettysburg, Sharpsburg, Maryland. Sharpsburg, MD is where the Battle of Antietam was fought. 22,000 died in a single battle. Out west, Burke, ID was a mining town abandoned in 1991 because of a century of violence and chaos in the town, it has a dark past. The city of Waco, TX I’m sure has many wonderful qualities and characteristics about it, one of my earliest memories of watching the evening news was a cult leader named David Koresh holding out in a compound in Waco, TX. Finally the compound went up in flames and 25 people died. I still associate the city with that event. Maybe there are places that are similar in your own mind?
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