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(July 2008)

 

Be still and know.

Be still and hear.

Be still and see.

Be still.

And let go.

What would you do if you were still?

What path can you walk when you are still?

If everything is still and you are still and your great projects are still and today’s agenda is still and the traffic is still and the prejudices are still and the noise is still and your fears are still and your goals are still…

 

Where can you go?

 

Where can you be?

 

Inside.

In.

Side.

 

To the place of truth that only the heart knows.

The place of the little voice.

God is love, it has been said.

God is overwhelming, all powerful and all mighty.

Can a temple contain God?

Can a book contain God?

Can a mind contain God?

I do not know.

But there is one truth that is self-evident,

That needs no explaining nor defence:

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Wed, 23 Jul 2008 18:41:11 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/07/23/inside http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/07/23/inside Inside

(July 2008)

 

Be still and know.

Be still and hear.

Be still and see.

Be still.

And let go.

What would you do if you were still?

What path can you walk when you are still?

If everything is still and you are still and your great projects are still and today’s agenda is still and the traffic is still and the prejudices are still and the noise is still and your fears are still and your goals are still…

 

Where can you go?

 

Where can you be?

 

Inside.

In.

Side.

 

To the place of truth that only the heart knows.

The place of the little voice.

God is love, it has been said.

God is overwhelming, all powerful and all mighty.

Can a temple contain God?

Can a book contain God?

Can a mind contain God?

I do not know.

But there is one truth that is self-evident,

That needs no explaining nor defence:

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Hell Dear Beloved...

 

I was doing dishes, and you know how my mind flies every time I put my hands in soapy water...and for no reason at all I found myself thinking about Hell .As you know, I have heard different ideas lately about it: from the literal burning to living separated from you, to actually no waking up to an eternal life. None of the options seem nice. But in all honesty, none seem like real punishment either.

 

Let's start with the actual fire and torments...there is nothing, or at least I have not found anything to indicate that human mind will be any different in Hell. And here on Earth we have seen how most people, when placed in a situation of constant pain, eventually find a way to escape it, be  it by getting accustom to it (Oh, man, here coes the Devil with the burning flame again..see you  later guys) or by closing themselves to it, like catatonics (no idea how to spell this). So I think that no matter how bad Hell is, eventually -specially when you have Eternity- people will stop suffering.Besides, the only idea of eternal punishment is so anti-love, so not You, that I think we can scratch possibility no.1 off the list.

 

Then is no.2, living separated from You. As terrible as I think it is, let's be honest, there are people who are already living that way..so does that mean that they are living Hell on Earth? Will they notice the change after they die? Not so sure about that one. Then there is the tamer one: people not waking up to an eternal life...is not very up-lifting, but some people actually believe that is what is going to happen and they live  perfectly happy on Earth -or so they say,a t least.

So, what is Hell and how can it be a punishment that some how  leads to redemption ( I cannot conceive Love without redemption, Beloved)?

Well,as I was doing the washing up, this  idea came to me. Remember when we lived in Vzla and I used to watch soap operas? Remember the one call The Lady? It was about a young girl who had been sold into sexual slavery by her father. She gives birth to a lovely baby girl with whom she  fall madly in-love with. The baby means everything to her: love, hope, life ...but then her masters takes the baby away from her.

The girl some how escapes and through sheer will power rises from her ashes to become a hard and successful businesswoman -but she cannot forget her first-born. She suffer for her. She pays detectives to find her. The few times she prays is for the return of her daughter. Now a mature woman, the Lady falls in love (more like lust) with a slightly younger man, who is interested in a younger woman. At first the Lady fights the love  battle fairly, but when she feels she is going to loose, she does horrible things to this young woman -more horrible that she had originally planned. She wins her man, and there are times she almost regrets the ills and evils she inflicted upon the young woman, but she goes on  living happily her romance.

Then one day, the news she had been awaiting for 25 years finally arrive: the detective has found her daughter. It is her younger rival. To this day I can remember the harrowing scream of the lady. Her lustrous black hair turned white in an instant. She finally sees the scope of her actions and  like Jesus says, she grinds her teeth and is cold and hot and burns in her remorse.

Hell must be somethig like that.

Is to finally see ourselves through your eyes and the scopes of our actions; to finally understand how our darkness has damaged others, hurt You and taken  us away from the perfect life You have planned for us. Perhalps, since you are lord of time and space, this moment of truth can last for an eternity. But You are also merciful and forgiving, and I know that the pain will eventually stop, like in the soap opera, when the daughter forgave her mother. The relationship was never what could have been, but it still was

.And I guess that is what it means to be saved: to open our eyes before is too late, so we can build a loving relationship with You and live, from that moment on, the perfect life you created for us...

 

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Wed, 23 Jul 2008 18:41:11 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/07/23/hell http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/07/23/hell Dear Beloved...

 

I was doing dishes, and you know how my mind flies every time I put my hands in soapy water...and for no reason at all I found myself thinking about Hell .As you know, I have heard different ideas lately about it: from the literal burning to living separated from you, to actually no waking up to an eternal life. None of the options seem nice. But in all honesty, none seem like real punishment either.

 

Let's start with the actual fire and torments...there is nothing, or at least I have not found anything to indicate that human mind will be any different in Hell. And here on Earth we have seen how most people, when placed in a situation of constant pain, eventually find a way to escape it, be  it by getting accustom to it (Oh, man, here coes the Devil with the burning flame again..see you  later guys) or by closing themselves to it, like catatonics (no idea how to spell this). So I think that no matter how bad Hell is, eventually -specially when you have Eternity- people will stop suffering.Besides, the only idea of eternal punishment is so anti-love, so not You, that I think we can scratch possibility no.1 off the list.

 

Then is no.2, living separated from You. As terrible as I think it is, let's be honest, there are people who are already living that way..so does that mean that they are living Hell on Earth? Will they notice the change after they die? Not so sure about that one. Then there is the tamer one: people not waking up to an eternal life...is not very up-lifting, but some people actually believe that is what is going to happen and they live  perfectly happy on Earth -or so they say,a t least.

So, what is Hell and how can it be a punishment that some how  leads to redemption ( I cannot conceive Love without redemption, Beloved)?

Well,as I was doing the washing up, this  idea came to me. Remember when we lived in Vzla and I used to watch soap operas? Remember the one call The Lady? It was about a young girl who had been sold into sexual slavery by her father. She gives birth to a lovely baby girl with whom she  fall madly in-love with. The baby means everything to her: love, hope, life ...but then her masters takes the baby away from her.

The girl some how escapes and through sheer will power rises from her ashes to become a hard and successful businesswoman -but she cannot forget her first-born. She suffer for her. She pays detectives to find her. The few times she prays is for the return of her daughter. Now a mature woman, the Lady falls in love (more like lust) with a slightly younger man, who is interested in a younger woman. At first the Lady fights the love  battle fairly, but when she feels she is going to loose, she does horrible things to this young woman -more horrible that she had originally planned. She wins her man, and there are times she almost regrets the ills and evils she inflicted upon the young woman, but she goes on  living happily her romance.

Then one day, the news she had been awaiting for 25 years finally arrive: the detective has found her daughter. It is her younger rival. To this day I can remember the harrowing scream of the lady. Her lustrous black hair turned white in an instant. She finally sees the scope of her actions and  like Jesus says, she grinds her teeth and is cold and hot and burns in her remorse.

Hell must be somethig like that.

Is to finally see ourselves through your eyes and the scopes of our actions; to finally understand how our darkness has damaged others, hurt You and taken  us away from the perfect life You have planned for us. Perhalps, since you are lord of time and space, this moment of truth can last for an eternity. But You are also merciful and forgiving, and I know that the pain will eventually stop, like in the soap opera, when the daughter forgave her mother. The relationship was never what could have been, but it still was

.And I guess that is what it means to be saved: to open our eyes before is too late, so we can build a loving relationship with You and live, from that moment on, the perfect life you created for us...

 

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Wind and Land Some people are like the wind...they go around, always moving, living adventures that some only dream of; they never stop at one place; the are free to go as they please. Like the wind, the bring good things: rain and seeds that fall into the land.

 

Some people are like the land, the ground. They stay solid, steadfast to one place. They see things come and go. They have their history and the history of those before them  written on their walls. Some times the land sees the wind, and wished she too could go, could see all the things the Wind whispers about. But is is the land who receives the seeds the Wind scatters; that nourishes them aided by the rain that the Wind brings; who mothers them into  grass and flowers and trees where birds nest and fruits hang.

 

Without the  Land, the Wind's life would be meaningless. Without the Wind, the Land's life would be barren. Without them, life would not be as rich and beautiful as it is. Some people are like the Wind, and that is good. Some people are like the Land, and that is good. And if both Wind people and Land people understand this, their lie will be a joyous and happy one.

 

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Sun, 04 May 2008 07:34:36 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/05/04/wind_and_land http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/05/04/wind_and_land Some people are like the wind...they go around, always moving, living adventures that some only dream of; they never stop at one place; the are free to go as they please. Like the wind, the bring good things: rain and seeds that fall into the land.

 

Some people are like the land, the ground. They stay solid, steadfast to one place. They see things come and go. They have their history and the history of those before them  written on their walls. Some times the land sees the wind, and wished she too could go, could see all the things the Wind whispers about. But is is the land who receives the seeds the Wind scatters; that nourishes them aided by the rain that the Wind brings; who mothers them into  grass and flowers and trees where birds nest and fruits hang.

 

Without the  Land, the Wind's life would be meaningless. Without the Wind, the Land's life would be barren. Without them, life would not be as rich and beautiful as it is. Some people are like the Wind, and that is good. Some people are like the Land, and that is good. And if both Wind people and Land people understand this, their lie will be a joyous and happy one.

 

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Dear God: I'm grumpy Dear God:

I'm very grumpy today...and sadden and disappointed...all this searching, all this reading, all this praying, all this talking...I'm begining to feel so faraway from You that is ridiculous. I used to like the Bible until I started to read it seriously. I thought Paul's description of Love was so inspired that if you follow it, it would be impossible not lo live in a way that would please You. Then I read the rest... and I feel like hitting the man in the head with one of his letters. I thought that the idea of sola scripta was a good one...until I realized how constricted it is...because if it's truth, why the silence, my Lord? 2000 years with not even a whisper from You? I thought that salvation by faith alone sounded nice...until I realized it is not what Jesus says. I thought that may be the answer was in using the intellect, in educating myself in the history, context and theories around the Bible, in looking for the hidden meanings and mysteries...until I realized how smug it is. What about those who do not have the opportunity, the education or the brains? But most of all I thought that true Christianity was based in love and mercy and forgiveness...but apparently, if one does not belong to the 'club'  You will not even bother to look at one's way and take into consideration people's deeds and hearts and lives..no confession? Sorry mate, here's your ticket to Hell.

Can that be you, Abba?

Is it true that you do not listen to  the prayers of the little Thai girl forced into prostitution just because someone forgot to tell her about Jesus?

Is it true that to You Ghandi's works are filthy because he was a Hindu?

Is it true that the  prayers of gratefulness that some devout Muslin lady offers you, a woman who has lived to love and help others, who loves You with all her heart and might, who lives a pure life of humbleness and selflessness, are an abomination in Your eyes, just because she had been taught that Jesus was a prophet and not the son of God? I guess that in the same token, all the prayers in the  Old Testament, all the words of the prophets are worthless, since none of them knew Jesus.

  Is Christianity reduced to magical chant of saying  I believe Jesus is my Lord and Saviour?

When I was little (surely You remember) I had no problem with people belonging to other religions. I understood then than when Jesus said  that He was the  only way to you, it was in relation of Him saying He was the gate or  the One who would  come to judge the living and the dead. I saw Him like  those  Egyptian pictures, where people's hearts are put in a balance..or like those ancient Kings, like Salomon I guess, that would hear all the evidence of a case and then decide...and since I knew that He was Loving, and Just and Merciful and Kind,  I was sure that I and the rest would receive a fair trail...apparently I was all wrong and to be honest, I don't know if I am a Christian anymore...not because I don't believe or love you God, but because everything in me rebels at so much cruelty and unfairness...please help me Abba..today is not a good  day.

 
P.D. Tonight as I kissed Rebecca good night, she said that she loved me...I told her I loved her back. Then she said we must loved everybody. I ask why. She said because You loved everybody. She's only three, dear Abba....and so much smarter than I. Thank you for her and thank you for reminding me  that the core of your word is LOVE.

 

 

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Fri, 02 May 2008 19:52:31 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/05/02/dear_god_im_grumpy http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/05/02/dear_god_im_grumpy Dear God:

I'm very grumpy today...and sadden and disappointed...all this searching, all this reading, all this praying, all this talking...I'm begining to feel so faraway from You that is ridiculous. I used to like the Bible until I started to read it seriously. I thought Paul's description of Love was so inspired that if you follow it, it would be impossible not lo live in a way that would please You. Then I read the rest... and I feel like hitting the man in the head with one of his letters. I thought that the idea of sola scripta was a good one...until I realized how constricted it is...because if it's truth, why the silence, my Lord? 2000 years with not even a whisper from You? I thought that salvation by faith alone sounded nice...until I realized it is not what Jesus says. I thought that may be the answer was in using the intellect, in educating myself in the history, context and theories around the Bible, in looking for the hidden meanings and mysteries...until I realized how smug it is. What about those who do not have the opportunity, the education or the brains? But most of all I thought that true Christianity was based in love and mercy and forgiveness...but apparently, if one does not belong to the 'club'  You will not even bother to look at one's way and take into consideration people's deeds and hearts and lives..no confession? Sorry mate, here's your ticket to Hell.

Can that be you, Abba?

Is it true that you do not listen to  the prayers of the little Thai girl forced into prostitution just because someone forgot to tell her about Jesus?

Is it true that to You Ghandi's works are filthy because he was a Hindu?

Is it true that the  prayers of gratefulness that some devout Muslin lady offers you, a woman who has lived to love and help others, who loves You with all her heart and might, who lives a pure life of humbleness and selflessness, are an abomination in Your eyes, just because she had been taught that Jesus was a prophet and not the son of God? I guess that in the same token, all the prayers in the  Old Testament, all the words of the prophets are worthless, since none of them knew Jesus.

  Is Christianity reduced to magical chant of saying  I believe Jesus is my Lord and Saviour?

When I was little (surely You remember) I had no problem with people belonging to other religions. I understood then than when Jesus said  that He was the  only way to you, it was in relation of Him saying He was the gate or  the One who would  come to judge the living and the dead. I saw Him like  those  Egyptian pictures, where people's hearts are put in a balance..or like those ancient Kings, like Salomon I guess, that would hear all the evidence of a case and then decide...and since I knew that He was Loving, and Just and Merciful and Kind,  I was sure that I and the rest would receive a fair trail...apparently I was all wrong and to be honest, I don't know if I am a Christian anymore...not because I don't believe or love you God, but because everything in me rebels at so much cruelty and unfairness...please help me Abba..today is not a good  day.

 
P.D. Tonight as I kissed Rebecca good night, she said that she loved me...I told her I loved her back. Then she said we must loved everybody. I ask why. She said because You loved everybody. She's only three, dear Abba....and so much smarter than I. Thank you for her and thank you for reminding me  that the core of your word is LOVE.

 

 

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witchcraft and beards Good morning Father...

 

This is a very slow morning...too early for my brain I think..I hadn't plan on writing anything...then I read the Bible reading from Beliefnet today: You shall not eat anything with its blood. You shall not practice augury or witchcraft. You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. You shall not make any gashes in your flesh for the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Now, every-time a read something about Christianity, I read that we are not bounded to the old covenant, except for the moral commandments (the 10 commandments)...which seems ok to me...but the moment one mentions anything New Age, I'm told that no, no, no, witchcraft and horoscopes are out of limits...personally I don't care much about  horoscopes, because if I trust you, why do I need to know what's going to happen (assuming one does find a good astrologer, tarot reader, etc). That said, one must admit that description about personality according to the signs does seem to be helpful. As for Tarot and with all due respect to Pagans, I get the feeling it was somehow  taken away  from Christianity..if you look closely to the symbols in-traditional decks, they are embedded with Christian imagery, like the card of The World, with the eagle, the man, the ox and the lion...which I recently learned were medieval symbols to describe the four gospels...What about witchcraft itself then? Well, I am sure you are against black magic as any good person would be. I also understand that  witches in Biblical times (many of them) were basically poison makers -not a good to be, certainly.

But what about New Age  Wiccans and Witches that practice  white magic? At first I though  one could apply the same idea of just trusting you...but if that the is the case then, should Christian go to doctors when sick? To counselors when sad? To lawyers when in legal trouble? To dietitians when having eating disorders? Aren't we distrusting you somehow every-time we take actions to solve everyday problems? I think you are laughing at me right now...and if you are I think You would be right...the thing is, most of the magic today white witches do (to my knowledge,a t least) is pretty much like that... to heal, to favour a situation, to find solutions to everyday problems in alternative way... Today's reading does  nothing to help me see how witchcraft is a sin...I mean, look where it is, next to a warning of not cutting your beard, having a medium-rare steak and having a tattoo...Does this mean that  90% of Christian men  are sinning? That the whole of the morcilla-eating Spanish population is going to Hell? That the ex-junkie who found Christ and celebrated it by having  His face tattooed on his arm will not be saved? How does that make sense?

Let me think...I can see the practical side of the advice...there are many false witches that scam people out there...also witchcraft can be dangerous, get you in touch with dark spirits you may not be prepared  to handle..it may also blind you with power, making you believe that  you are God...but can not this happened in any career or life style? I don't remember Jesus, when casting demons, saying anything like, 'That's what happens when you play with witchcraft'. The other things that  makes me a bit crazy about some Christians brothers is that, based on this reading, they take anything that is not Western as witchcraft, from acupuncture to crystal healing. I mean, what's the difference between putting a needle behind you're ears and having an aspirin? I find it very arrogant, really...but it also makes me wonder, with this kind od thinking, how effective can we be spreading the Good News to other parts of the world, when the first thing you tell them is that their medicine, ancient knowledge and culture ia s product of the Devil? Every time I read Jesus, one of the things that strikes me is that his teachings could be inserted into any society without having to change the society first...it seems that what is good is good everywhere...I was reading about a Muslim girl that turned to Christianity... she still prays five times a day and have found no reason to give up the head dress typical of her culture...of course, I can hear some Christian brother or sister telling  'What about Paul? He also condemned witchcraft' What about Peter? He didn't condemn it? Nor James. nor Jude. Not quiet sure about John..got to check. And like I said before, Jesus did not seemed to have done it...sometimes I get the feeling Abba, that Christianity is a one line religion...priest and pastors and ministers seem to have chosen a few sentencesfrom the Bible and repeated  ad infinitun...without concerning themselves with others word that may contradict or give a different perspectives to the same idea...and it confuses me and exasperates me...please forgive me dear Abba is again I'm being a rebellious child...guide me Abba, so I may read the Bible  through your eyes and your spirit and your love and your mercy; so I may learn the  lessons there for me to learn; so I may become a better daughter and a better person and walk on your path and work for your glory and learn to love you and others each day more...

I love you dear Father...I love you dear Jesus...I love you dear Holly Spirit

 

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Thu, 24 Apr 2008 06:32:28 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/04/24/witchcraft_and_beards http://community.beliefnet.com/karemiss/blog/2008/04/24/witchcraft_and_beards Good morning Father...

 

This is a very slow morning...too early for my brain I think..I hadn't plan on writing anything...then I read the Bible reading from Beliefnet today: You shall not eat anything with its blood. You shall not practice augury or witchcraft. You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. You shall not make any gashes in your flesh for the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

Now, every-time a read something about Christianity, I read that we are not bounded to the old covenant, except for the moral commandments (the 10 commandments)...which seems ok to me...but the moment one mentions anything New Age, I'm told that no, no, no, witchcraft and horoscopes are out of limits...personally I don't care much about  horoscopes, because if I trust you, why do I need to know what's going to happen (assuming one does find a good astrologer, tarot reader, etc). That said, one must admit that description about personality according to the signs does seem to be helpful. As for Tarot and with all due respect to Pagans, I get the feeling it was somehow  taken away  from Christianity..if you look closely to the symbols in-traditional decks, they are embedded with Christian imagery, like the card of The World, with the eagle, the man, the ox and the lion...which I recently learned were medieval symbols to describe the four gospels...What about witchcraft itself then? Well, I am sure you are against black magic as any good person would be. I also understand that  witches in Biblical times (many of them) were basically poison makers -not a good to be, certainly.

But what about New Age  Wiccans and Witches that practice  white magic? At first I though  one could apply the same idea of just trusting you...but if that the is the case then, should Christian go to doctors when sick? To counselors when sad? To lawyers when in legal trouble? To dietitians when having eating disorders? Aren't we distrusting you somehow every-time we take actions to solve everyday problems? I think you are laughing at me right now...and if you are I think You would be right...the thing is, most of the magic today white witches do (to my knowledge,a t least) is pretty much like that... to heal, to favour a situation, to find solutions to everyday problems in alternative way... Today's reading does  nothing to help me see how witchcraft is a sin...I mean, look where it is, next to a warning of not cutting your beard, having a medium-rare steak and having a tattoo...Does this mean that  90% of Christian men  are sinning? That the whole of the morcilla-eating Spanish population is going to Hell? That the ex-junkie who found Christ and celebrated it by having  His face tattooed on his arm will not be saved? How does that make sense?

Let me think...I can see the practical side of the advice...there are many false witches that scam people out there...also witchcraft can be dangerous, get you in touch with dark spirits you may not be prepared  to handle..it may also blind you with power, making you believe that  you are God...but can not this happened in any career or life style? I don't remember Jesus, when casting demons, saying anything like, 'That's what happens when you play with witchcraft'. The other things that  makes me a bit crazy about some Christians brothers is that, based on this reading, they take anything that is not Western as witchcraft, from acupuncture to crystal healing. I mean, what's the difference between putting a needle behind you're ears and having an aspirin? I find it very arrogant, really...but it also makes me wonder, with this kind od thinking, how effective can we be spreading the Good News to other parts of the world, when the first thing you tell them is that their medicine, ancient knowledge and culture ia s product of the Devil? Every time I read Jesus, one of the things that strikes me is that his teachings could be inserted into any society without having to change the society first...it seems that what is good is good everywhere...I was reading about a Muslim girl that turned to Christianity... she still prays five times a day and have found no reason to give up the head dress typical of her culture...of course, I can hear some Christian brother or sister telling  'What about Paul? He also condemned witchcraft' What about Peter? He didn't condemn it? Nor James. nor Jude. Not quiet sure about John..got to check. And like I said before, Jesus did not seemed to have done it...sometimes I get the feeling Abba, that Christianity is a one line religion...priest and pastors and ministers seem to have chosen a few sentencesfrom the Bible and repeated  ad infinitun...without concerning themselves with others word that may contradict or give a different perspectives to the same idea...and it confuses me and exasperates me...please forgive me dear Abba is again I'm being a rebellious child...guide me Abba, so I may read the Bible  through your eyes and your spirit and your love and your mercy; so I may learn the  lessons there for me to learn; so I may become a better daughter and a better person and walk on your path and work for your glory and learn to love you and others each day more...

I love you dear Father...I love you dear Jesus...I love you dear Holly Spirit

 

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