Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years

To You … With Love,

By Avis Richardson (Retired Reverend)

Mercy of the Beloved

"Les Miserables," by Victor Hugo is one of the classics. One may recall the story of a loving priest, who upon giving refuge to Jean Valjean, a homeless traveler in the night, was robbed of the treasures he owned.

Later, Valjean, arrested and charged stood before the priest and found no condemnation, while one more silver candlestick was handed to him from a heart of holy love. The very thought of such mercy and kindness has endeared Hugo's classic amongst human hearts.

It is also, the story of God, who has opened his doorway and invited all to rest in his realm of grace....


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