Dear Members and Friends,

In one of the most beautiful and compelling passages of scripture we are called to a special and joyful purpose. "Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." (Deut 6:4-5) Jesus adds that we should love our neighbor as ourselves.

Just after these words, Deuteronomy reminds us of a truth we already know -- that we live in cities that we did not build; that we drink water from wells that we did not dig; that we eat from vineyards that we did not tend. (Deut 6:10-11)

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