We subscribe to one daily, one five-days-a-week and two weekly newspapers in addition to the free weekly paper. Do we read them front to back? Not really but they keep us informed. They reveal a slice of life.
I was looking at the free paper and discovered:
The paper has a new editor,
the local hospital's transition to a new owner is going smoothly,
a local township's records are being "looked at",
Chester, a neutered Jack Russell would like a new home,
local twins turn 90,
a furniture store would like to sell you a new recliner so you are "ready for the big game",
candidates are registering for election,
16 obituaries were published,
there are a lot of houses for sale,
a young couple announced their engagement,
churches heralded their times of worship,
if you call the right number and for a fee, the snow on your sidewalk, driveway or parking lot will miraculously disappear.
This paper is a slice of life, but it is a slice of only the local community. The other papers fill in the slices from other states and other countries. It takes all of them to make a complete picture of life.
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The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Did you notice these say the world? They do not name an individual. They do not say a street. They do not say a town. They do not say a country or continent. They say the world!
My life - your life - is a slice of the world picture. And it takes each of us to make the picture of the world complete.
You are important. You are a part of the very world the Lamb of God came to save.