A Moment of Serenity

Well, it’s safe to say that my last post struck a nerve…


Juuuust kidding.

In all seriousness, thank you to everyone who left a comment and shared the post on social media. Respectful and healthy dialogue is so needed right now, and I loved hearing – and learning – from everyone.

Question for you: What do anti-Trump rallys, the opera, and a hijab have in common?

And no, this is not a bad joke…


Well, they all played a key role in a surreal experience I had this weekend.

If you’ve been watching the news at all, then I’m sure you’ve heard about all of the anti-Trump protests in New York City, LA, Portland, Chicago, all over. People are taking to the streets in anger over the results of the election.

Also happening this weekend in NYC, my best friend (since childhood) performed in an Opera Gala at Carnegie Hall. It was such a special moment and I couldn’t have been more proud of her. It was literally the realization of a dream that she’s had since we were both 7 years old, back in the Midwest, playing in the woods and dreaming of one day moving to New York and being on Broadway/in the Opera.

But as I was sitting there, I had this incredible moment of clarity that, I can only attribute to God.

Carnegie Hall is a big deal. It is the epicenter of classical performance, and also, coincidentally, in the epicenter of the largest anti-Trump demonstration in the nation – at Trump Tower. Carnegie Hall is located at 57th St. and 7th Avenue while Trump Tower is at 57th St. and 5th AvenueThey’re two blocks away. 

(PS, mom and dad don’t freak out when you read this…I was totally safe) First of all, getting to Carnegie Hall, I couldn’t take a cab because all the protesters were shutting down traffic, making it impossible to navigate by car. So I took the subway. And walking out of the subway station from underground, I could hear all these helicopters surveying the scene overhead, the banging of drums, and the drone of an angry, yelling mass of humanity. There was a tension in the air that was palpable, and I really felt like I was in the middle of something big.

Fast forward an hour later, in the concert hall and the moment happened.

The concert was going on, the next song was up, and nine women came onstage in elegant ball gowns and began singing Ave Maria. Which, if you are unfamiliar, it is a beautiful arrangement of a prayer, in Latin.

So sitting in my plush seat at the opera, surrounded by exquisite crystal chandeliers, penguin suits, and heavenly music, I realized: here we are, listening to this serene prayer, with these violent and hateful protests going on, literally right outside the door.

And then, I began to look closer. These nine women: there was a black woman, a Latina woman, a Chinese woman, a Jewish woman, a Brazilian woman, a white woman, a transgender man, a muslim woman in a hijab, and an ethnically ambiguous woman.

I had a nearly out of body experience, realizing that this was a “God moment.”

These women are exactly what our country needs right now. Desperately.

They were all coming together, in prayer.

This performance was a concert of opera songs. The repertoire and cast were chosen months ago, when The Donald was simply a blip on the radar. And now, here we are, seeing a little beacon of hope and faith in the midst of the hurt and anger right outside the door.

Reading all 900 of your comments on my last post about Donald Trump…and yes, I read every single one…I realized just how deeply a) divided, b) passionate, c) needing/wanting to vent, and/or d) ominous, everyone feels about the results of the election, no matter what “side” you’re on.

The reality is, there are a lot of really hurting, scared, angry, conflicted, and/or unsure people out there. And that is evident in the name calling on social media and in the news, in the protests happening on the streets, in the vandalism in our towns, in the mouths of our children at school. We are in a free fall.

And there is only one thing to do:

We need to come together – all of us – and pray for our nation.


At the end of the song, I had two tears that had trickled down my check, thankful that God had revealed this glimpse of His grace and His healing power.

The thing about music, especially choral music, is that in order for it “work,” and sound beautiful with all the intricate harmonies and variations in tone and rhythm and volume…you have to listen to each other. You have to contribute your part, sometimes not singing the melody, but instead, the harmony or descant – but none the less, your part is vital to the finished product: the sweet and heavenly sounding music.

So I invite you to just think about that in these coming days and weeks.

Ave Maria

AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

(Translation) Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the Fruit of your womb: Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


*And coincidentally, as I’m typing this, I hear the drums and shouts of the protesters right outside my window, as they are marching right now through the Village in lower Manhattan.

I invite you to pray with me now.

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236 thoughts on “A Moment of Serenity

  1. Trump said incredibly scandalous things during his campaign it is only natural for people to be offended and protest. Most protesters are peaceful but of course their are bad apples in every group.

    Also, I’m curious you said Nine women yet said their was a transgender man? If she was dressed as a woman then that would be transgender woman. 🙂


    1. Yeah, there were definitely a lot of hurtful things said (on all sides, truly) so you’re right, the reaction is absolutely understandable. I just hope we can move forward in love and heal as a nation. Yeah, I guess I didn’t make it clear, this particular person was dressed in a tuxedo. Sorry for that confusion. 🙂 thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Hugs and love xox


      1. Oh I see, yes please let me know if I ever use incorrect language:) im always trying to be inclusive with my word choice, but I know sometimes I can unintentionally misspeak, but I’m trying not to! I actually googled this one to double check what the proper terminology is:) at the end of the day, I just want to love on all people! 🙂 ❤️❤️❤️ thank you for reading my posts! So glad you enjoy them 👍

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  2. I have goosebumps. What an amazing revelation you’ve had, and it’s exactly the truth. This country needs prayers. It’s an angry country that forgot what is really important. What’s really amazing is a lot of those protesters are young people who need to understand that this country has a wonderful system called, “Checks and Balances”. We have our Congress and the Judicial system to make sure that Trump doesn’t set us back (hopefully).
    Well said and I will be sharing this.
    Another note- Congrats to your friend for making it to Carnegie Hall! That’s a HUGE accomplishment!!!


    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. Yes prayers are so so needed, because God is our ultimate healer. Thanks for passing this along too! And yes! My friend is awesome:) I’ll definitely pass along the sentiments:) Hugs and love xox


  3. I lift your safety and wellbeing up to the Lord and trust He has you nestled gently in His hands. Our God reigns! God bless

    On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 5:01 PM, BeautyBeyondBones wrote:

    > beautybeyondbones posted: “Well, it’s safe to say that my last post struck > a nerve… Juuuust kidding. In all seriousness, thank you to everyone who > left a comment and shared the post on social media. Respectful and healthy > dialogue is so needed right now, and I loved hearing -” >


  4. As one who did read (but did not comment) on your last post, all I can say is that I did like it (though I don’t think I gave it a “like”). At the moment that I read it, it was like “I want to see what Caralyn says, but I just can’t comment on it now.” My emotions were swirling in all directions and I thought that if I did write something it might come out in a way that I didn’t want.

    Jump ahead a few days, and I have since written something (over at my own blog), not so much about the election, but how we need to come together and renounce hate toward women and minorities. Whether or not you believe the stories about attacks on people of color or vandalism or not, that kind of behavior really has no place in a nation supposedly founded on the principle of all are created equal, and out of many, one (aka E Pluribus Unum).

    The message in this post is something I needed to see, because it is a message that should resonate among us all. Thank you for sharing this (and your last post). I most definitely am praying for healing, and for the nation to put aside its differences in a manner that shows that we can come together.

    Until the Thursday edition of Must-See Blog-o-vison, your friend T.


    1. Hey T, that last line made me chuckle. But seriously thank you for this. Yeah there are a lot of hurting people and my heart goes out to them. I think you’re right-we need to pray for healing for our nation. We need to come together in compassion and understand and listen and just … love. And place the us in god’s hands because He is the ultimate healer. Thank you for reading my posts and joining in this dialogue. Sending massive massive hugs xox

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  5. Very lovely put into words. May we all come together and heal the wounds and division that has erupted throughout this country, which happened well before this election. This country is on a tipping point of whether we go forward as a great nation or fall into history like the Roman Empire.


    1. Thank you so much. Yes. Let’s come together and heal. I pray that it is the former of those two! Yeah, there are a lot of hurting people and I just pray that we can be compassionate and understanding towards everyone. Thanks for reading. Hugs and love xox

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  6. Oh my gosh that sounds like an amazingly powerful moment. I was planning on getting in some prayers today anyway but I’ll do a couple more for you 🙂

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    1. Hi friend! Oh my goodness it really was so powerful. I was sitting in my seat just nearly dumbfounded that I literally was front row of a “God moment,” seeing the unity and harmony that our nation so desperately needs right now. Especially juxtaposed to what was going on outside. It. Was. Incredible. Yes, let’s pray! Big hugs to you:) Xox

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      1. Well you know how I look at it – it’s just three days till the weekend starts 😉

        Honestly, I’m totally at peace about it. (and maybe also just a little tired of dramatic facebook posts) But really. Jesus is King; Father is God, and if he wants to use Donald Trump then by golly you better believe He’s going to whether enough people ask Him to or not. America is in the best hands for the end of the world. (:

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  7. Prayer has far more power than protest. It moves things in the spiritual realm, and it also reveals a real witness as a church. The election is over, the results decided, and now we need to move forward and pray for our new leader, that God will change and mature his heart daily. (Instead of feign praying, like most of us did with our previous president.)

    Good words, Caralyn.


    1. Hi Brandon, thank you for this. I agree, there is power in prayer. Yes, we need to pray for DT, and that people will give him a chance to earn their respect. God uses broken vessels to do good. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox

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  8. Beautiful, Caralyn. This is my favorite post of yours so far. Ave Maria is my favorite hymn and listening to it has brought me to some special grace-filled moments as well. The need to listen to one another with open minds and hearts is exactly what I’m writing about on my blog tonight, along with the caveat that I will stand by my brothers and sisters, no matter what race, faith, or gender they are; if they are being harassed, intimidated, violated…I will speak up. Also, I honor peaceful protests. It’s one of our rights and freedoms in a democracy.


    1. Hi Pauline! Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Yeah Ave Maria is such a beautiful and harmonious hymn-it was absolutely surreal to hear that during that moment. I look forward to reading your post! So true, we’ve got to love with our words, hearts and how we act. And you’re right…peaceful protests are definitely an important part of democracy. It’s when they turn violent that it becomes worrisome. Thanks again for stopping by! Happy writing 🙂 Hugs and love xox


  9. What a very special and ‘illuminating’ moment where heaven meets earth… I love Ave Maria – it’s such a beautiful prayer and song… Yep – life is simple and yet we complicate it so much.. Just ‘love each other’ regardless – it would be so much easier I’m sure.. x


      1. You’re very welcome.. that ‘intersection’ is a special place to be.. What a lovely experience for you… Hugs, love and an Angel Blessing sent to you across the water.. xx


  10. God will hear our communal prayers. For peace and unification and for people to see this is how democracy works. The pendulum sometimes over-swings but compared to life under dictators, we are very fortunate.it will, in time go back in the other direction…it always has..


    1. Hi Rick! Thanks for this. You’re right, there is power in prayer. I pray for those things too. And also for DT…that God work through him and use his time in office for good for ALL people. Thanks again for stopping by. Hugs and love xox


  11. May I ask you something: how do you make your entire blog post appear in an email?


    Morgan Hart

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  12. An interesting read indeed.
    I may be on the other side of the world, and purposely not watching much of the news these days (far too much hate, crimes, death and other negative things being reported on), but i just hope that some good does come out of the election. I hope America can grow and shine in the years to come.

    I hope that we, as human beings, can learn to open our eyes and realise if we all concentrated on finding the good in each other and being kind… just maybe, things might start to get better.

    When we are born, we do not understand hate or racism (or anything else negative), we are taught it.
    Sometimes it is best to try and see the world through the eyes of a child.


    1. Wow this is so powerful. Thank you for sharing your heart. You’re so right-we need to see like children. We need kindness, compassion and love. Me too, I hope that as well. Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation! Hugs and love xox

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  13. Ok, if we had no language at all what would everyone be saying there in NY? I was in LA after the riots as well as a few other riots…and to be angered changes your body. To challenge an authority is acceptable under our Constitution, with limits. The LA riots unfolded into an anarchy and cops sat at the city’s edge watching the fires. Powerless. Eventually the intent of the oppressed changes like a match hitting gasoline. I think we’ve done more in our silence than in our violence.

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      1. I don’t wish for LA riots on NY. You are too sweet for that but at least you see where your edges of the city meet the scraps. Love is. A perfectly imperfect sentence with so much possibility, like prayer.

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      2. It’s Gloria Steinem’s words but, they fit. Our power comes from choices like who or what we love. I do not see love in these protests just fear. Unfortunately, fear is a tinder box.


      3. You have a good heart. You use it well. I think paths are hard because choices are limited. For some, they will remain limited for their, entirety. It’s not God, even Jesus had a limited path because Man chose civilization. Some rule others and someone’s comfort will be someone’s suffering like sheering sheep for wool. When we understand our place we can understand how to change it. I’ve worked really hard most of my life. It’s life.


  14. I am rejoicing for you. Congratulations to you and your friend for dreams realized. Your article is so personal, and at the same time, not about you. You are SO HEALED!! God has anointed you to be His light and salt and you do not disappoint. I am praying for our nation, and also for your safety as you lengthen your walk wherever He leads in the big city. God bless.

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  15. Great post and a very important message. Although I’m not one for praying (I’m Buddhist 😊) I couldn’t agree noteworthy he sentiment of what you’re writing: the last thing this country needs is more death, more violence, more riots.

    Coming from Europe where I think we have a slightly different view one mentions and democratic rights (and obligations!) to some extent, I am shocked at the disrespect people show for the outcome of a democratic election. This is your choice so stick with it! Wasn’t your choice? Well,did you bother to vote…?

    Back home, the government and our political parties are worried when election participation goes DOWN to 85%… Here it is in the 40’s and then people riot instead. It makes no sense to me and it frankly frightens me… What other democratic decisions will people chose not to honour? Where does it stop??

    And I am the first one to argue (before I get crucified but other of your readers, Beauty, as I know this is contentious!) that this electoral system isn’t at all a very democratic one. How can it be with only two giant money-machine based political parties…?

    Which drove many this election to vote for “the other guy”, just like you. I hope if anything comes out of this, it will be the breakdown of this two-party system and the modernisation of the entire US election process.


    1. Hi Rebecka, thank you for sharing these thoughts. Yeah, the violence and riots break my heart. I hate to see people hurting and upset, but violence is never the answer. Yeah considering how politics are all over the world, it is interesting that we only have 2 major parties. The third party candidates, unfortunately, never really have a chance to win, but their votes definitely make an impact in the election, affecting the majority and, as it turns out, can impact the electoral college. Perhaps you’re right about that prediction. I guess we shall see. Thanks again for stopping by. Hugs and love xox

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  16. This is what frustrates me. the news coverage if I’m right showed more civil unrest rather than protests, democracy should be celebrated not protested against and democracy chose a businessman as their next President, that was your country’s freedom, just like it was with mine and the exit of the EU, which sadly people are not letting happen because of “legal action” effectively only because they want to force an election. anyway how was your friend afterwards? and I’m sure your time on Broadway will be soon if you want it enough, maybe even the west end and I can come and watch you 😀
    sending you lots of love and hugs xxx


    1. Thanks for this, Benjamin. Haha that’s kind of you to say. Yeah, I actually haven’t auditioned for a live theater gig in several years. Mainly film now. Maybe I should remedy that. But lots of great food for thought with this. Yeah this was democracy at work. The election will not always turn out how we want, but that is democracy. My heart goes out to those who are upset and hurting, but violence isn’t the answer. Hope you’re having a nice week so far. Hopefully things get cleared up and settled down soon. Gotta pray for that. Hugs xox


      1. is there a film you are in that’s been released in the UK would love to see it if so? :D. also, if America wants a female president so bad then maybe we should nominate Caralyn for President 😛 also I posted my 1st blog in a month, Im so glad I got over that barrier! xx


      2. I’m sure if one of your films gets a UK premiere, you would gladly invited me to it 😉 :-* is there a film you enjoyed doing the most I might be able to search for it 🙂 x


  17. I’m glad you had that moment. I’m glad I left nothing on your last blogpost and that I have read this one. Here in the UK, we were shattered by “Brexit” and then again by the US election … because there is a great fear of Nationalism rearing its head and it reminds us of the mood in the 1930s when our parents/grandparents were young … It is actually a scary world at present due to various forces, economic-type ones, and some people think nationalism will bring an answer, when the pace of ‘social change’ has been astronomic and manufacturing jobs have been lost (outsourced rather) and towns are dying. That is true of the western world. And the answer is of course unity, prayer, trust, and openness to the needs of others. We’ll all see how well Donald Trump handles this, just as we’ll all see how ‘Brexit’ helps our nation … if it does. We can all pray, while not really knowing what ‘should’ happen, and trust God – hate is based in fear, not in power – people who feel powerless often resort to hate through the stress of their lives … Now, I must work … that is a lovely prayer, the Hail Mary you heard at the opera house … pray it! Pray the Our Father every day at 12.00 (the Angelis), encourage unity … God bless even when the world is crazy. May His kingdom come.


    1. Hi Mari, thank you so much for this thoughtful reflection. Yeah, there is definitely chance taking place all across the world. And I am in total agreement – Prayer, Trust, Unity, and Openness to the needs of others are so so important right now. I pray that DT, and the situation in the UK, be used by God to carry out His will. Because you’re right, though we don’t know what His will is, I do trust that it is good. Thanks for this wonderful response. hugs to you my friend. Yes, I’ll join you in the Angelis.


  18. Someone left me a comment the other day. A pass it forwards kind of comment …

    “Where is my nail so that you can hit it on the head – that is just it!”

    One third voted this way, one third voted that way, and one third saw no merit in voting either way. Politicians and power are one and the same. Rarely will they live in the same tent as humanity and kindness. The machine will not allow that. “Spin” will not allow that. Both will have us believe what they wish us to believe (and we all applaud until we don’t). On which note –

    You do know that you just alienated a chunk of the US who do not believe in prayer and will rightly protest they have rights as well.


    1. Thank you for this reflection, Paul. Yes, I knew that voicing my belief that we need to pray may have “lost” me some friends, but I believe there is true power in prayer and that that is what our country needs right now. I fully support the constitutional right of peaceful protest. But I also do not agree with the violence and physical acts of hatred that have been happening across the nation. Protestors absolutely have rights – that should be protected. But there’s a line between protesting and acting violently. THat’s all 🙂 I hope that I didn’t alienate too many people though 🙂 I’m just trying to sow a seed of love and peace in people’s hearts. Thanks for stopping by. big hugs xo

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  19. “We need to come together – all of us – and pray for our nation. ” Love this.
    Thanks for sharing. Hope , Faith and Love.
    New post is up:” Super Super Love with Super Moon ‘ Come and visit me. Bless you


  20. Amen!! We all need to come together and pray for everyone. People can’t see unless their eyes are open spiritually. Don’t you love when God shows you these things in such away it can’t be mistaken for anything else but God. Praying for you as well. Have a blessed day.


  21. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this experience. I LOVE these God moments – I call them “Holy Spirit moments” in my own life – and I think it’s so important to write them down to look back on and remember God’s faithfulness. He is so good – such a good, good Father. Thankful for you and your ministry here on the blogosphere. ❤


    1. Thank you so much Aurora, me too. I love those “Holy Spirit moments” too. Strangely, I feel them when I’m writing this blog. There’s something about pouring my soul out, that I just get this nudge of reassurance. It’s really beautiful. And yes, I so agree – because God is faithful and good and we are so fortunate and blessed to have such a loving Father. I so appreciate your kind words. hugs xo


  22. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ll admit, I’m not very educated on politics (although my husband is very into it!) and I didn’t vote. Although all of my family and a big portion of my friends voted for a certain side, I still couldn’t justify voting for that candidate simply because everyone I loved was. I wasn’t educated and honestly I think I tend to stay away from the topic because I do see the damage it causes….the separation, the dividing of our people. I do need to make it a point to educate myself and get involved because it is very important and I will try to do better on that, but until then I am thankful for posts like yours! Where the true problem is brought to the surface. We are in fear and therfore react in terrible ways. The truth is, God is the one in control and always will be. No matter how many tantrums we throw or how many fear inspired freak outs we have, we are not in control. God has a plan. ❤


    1. Thank you so much for this. Amen to that – God IS in control, and I trust that His will and His perfect plan will come to fruition, and that He will use the imperfect vessel that is DT to do His will. That is my deepest prayer. Yeah, this election was tough. Not a clear cut “perfect” candidate. I can definitely understand your feeling. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! hugs xo


  23. I believe the Universe or God or Source does not make mistakes and choices that are made are always ‘the right choice.’ Trump was elected because it could be no other way. The world needs him NOW. Sometimes change gently drifts into our lives, but great significant change usually comes with great pain. Think Noah and his ark, Moses and his Red Sea, Jesus and his Crucifixion, Hitler and his Regime. Trump is grabbing us by the shirt collar and saying, “Wake up!” He’s a slap in our collective day dreaming faces. He’s at the right time, in the right place and the right guy for what is needed. “We don’t always get what we want, but if we try, we get what we need.”


    1. Thank you so much for this Eric. Lots of powerful food for thought here. You’re right, God is in control and I completely trust in His good and perfect plan, that yes, involves the imperfect vessel that is DT 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! hugs xo


  24. I read your post on Profile of a Trump Supporter and was blown away. I should’ve left a comment but didn’t, sorry. This one blew me away as well. We are most desperately in need of prayer right now. I too have caught quite a bit of flack on voting for Trump but as I explained to those who questioned my decision, I voted for life not necessarily for Trump. I don’t agree with everything he spewed out of his mouth but I knew where he stood on abortion and where she did and to me, it was a no brainer as a Catholic. Another thing that I mentioned to some of them who were either west coast (Los Angeles) or east coast (New York) is that there are a whole bunch of states in between both and a lot of us who live in those states were fed up with the past 8 years and were not willing to go through another 8 with Hillary. What I heard next was bliss…..silence. Take care, be strong and God bless!

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    1. Hey John, thank you so much for this reflection and for reading my last two posts. That really means a lot. Yeah, that was 100% my decision process too. It came down to life. As a fellow catholic, like you said-no brainer. And same, He has said some horrible horrible things but at the end of the day, it came down to the issues. Thanks again for stopping by. Big hugs to you friend xox


    2. If I may reply, I am an evangelical, and that is the primary reason I voted for him as well. As a Christian, I also detest MANY of he things he said and did during the campaign, but at the end of the day, one candidate was pro-life and the other was not. I voted for life. Thank you for voicing this my brother! It resonated with me! 🙂

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      1. Thank you for joining the conversation, Honest Preacher! Amen. Protecting life is my non-negotiable. And my vote reflected it, despite his persona. Thank you for also standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Hugs and love xox

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      2. It’s always a beautiful thing when at the end of the day, denominations are set aside and people come together under the cross of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Keep up the great work my brother!

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