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Artistic tribute

Carne Griffiths’ mesmerizing portrait of Joel Belz captured the light and glory of God’s throne room, the mystery of a glorified body, and the joy of a believer who has heard “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It’s an astonishing artistic accomplishment!
     Sandra S. Langley / Vienna, Va.

The portrait on the cover of Joel was captivating. What a great tribute to a great man. It is a true work of art.
     Pam Cody / DuPont, Wash.

Your cover was so striking and a wonderful tribute. Thank you for such a memorial to a wonderful man. He was fully deserving of a special goodbye.
     Kathy Young / Melrose, Wis.

Voices: Joel Belz

You posted the perfect hymn as Joel’s last column. Horatius Bonar’s words fit his life and worldview so very well, and they are a great encouragement to us all: “Till trav’ling days are done.”
     Stephen Leonard / Vidalia, Ga.

Let’s see more of Joel Belz’s columns. In his writings, we see wisdom and good advice. Joel, “being dead, yet speaketh.”
     Jim Toms / Hendersonville, N.C.

Armenia’s forgotten war

I had never understood the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict until now. Thank you for laying it out so clearly, maps and all. Great writing.
     Cheryl Irish / Bastrop, Texas

Thank you for not forgetting Armenia. Jenny Lind Schmitt did a great job.
     Joel Christman / Justin, Texas

Walkable metropolis

How much better would we be physically and mentally, not to mention financially, if we were less car-dependent? More exercise, more interaction with neighbors, less air and noise pollution, less cost, less death—not to mention the stress of sitting in traffic. The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains! Our urban sprawl is an affront to the beauty of His creation.
     Sharon Shaw / Richmond, Va.

Party animals

I have been a registered Republican since I proudly voted for Bob Dole in 1996. The Horned Shaman Wing of the GOP has prompted me to leave the party. Almost every day I pray that God will put forward a fit man (or woman) I can vote for with minimal reservations.
     Vera Volodin / Charlottesville, Va.

I so much appreciate how WORLD reports on politics. It has been a comfort to read the magazine, knowing that I am informed and receiving the facts. From there, I can form my own opinions.
     Sue Quiroga / Lansing, Mich.

Who started the fire?

I’m comforted that nothing takes God by surprise—not Donald Trump or Joe Biden. God uses all kinds of people, even Nebuchadnezzar. And in Isaiah, it says, “The government shall be upon His shoulder.”
     Janet Cozad / Costa Mesa, Calif.

Striking musical gold

I appreciate Arsenio Orteza opening my eyes to the options on Bandcamp. I love how the recommended albums help me worship God in various ways.
     Laura Laster / Kilgore, Texas


Your cartoons are a jarring satirical reality about our upside-down broken world. But I need some nonpolitical comic relief and the medicine a merry heart brings (Proverbs 15:30).
     Edie Cunningham / Jefferson, Maine


The Deering Center neighborhood is located in Portland, Maine (“Walkable metropolis,” Feb. 24, p. 66).


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