January 1956

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"My dear Brother:

These lines are being written in the opening hours of the year of our Lord 1958. If our faithful and devoted servants of the typewriter, the printing press and the mailing room hold out, this should reach your desk during the little lull between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. Perhaps this is a good time to remember again that our entire lives as Christian preachers and pastors revolve around three great monosyllables: God—^man—the Cross. Our continuing task, also in this new year, is to unify these into an integrated, driving philosophy of life, time and history. They embrace all the profound essentials of our life as teachers, preachers, pastors and shepherds."