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    New Year: Looking Back and Forward Through the Lens of Struggle

    It’s easy to look back at the previous year through the lens of struggle—to look only at the difficulties, the disappointments, the dark places—and then jump to inappropriate conclusions. My husband and I have had more than our fair share of “hard” this past year with tough ministry decisions, medical treatments for our newly adopted son, and the death of a sibling. Friends have faced equal if not greater challenges as well. The list of those struggling is endless.   Thus I’ve been pondering on the struggle and the hard lately, but not in the way you might think. For churchgoers who think the Christian ideal is “health, wealth, and…