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Forgiveness

St Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer and Forgiveness

St Francis of Assisi’s Peace Prayer fairly well covers the topic of forgiveness, our shared human need for grace, and to extend it to others. Considering the words comprising this, it seems to be offered as a genuine plea for grace and peace, citing examples of much of what often plagues the human soul. Studying his prayer carefully, you will see it serves as a model for setting things right in life. Usually when we come to a point where…

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Revenge and Forgiveness

Revenge and Forgiveness – Revenge is a short-term hate tactic, never a solution to any problem. It is the polar opposite of forgiveness. It solves nothing, creates more discord, possibly widening any chasm that might otherwise be bridged by extending grace. Yet, we see this occurring somewhere in the world nearly everyday, don’t we? “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7  In this reading, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the…

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Blatant Case for Forgiveness

Today I started my morning with this scripture: “All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.” ~ Psalm 22:7 Throughout Lent, and especially as we draw closer to Easter, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the suffering inflicted upon Him by: Judas, chief priests and scribes, Herod, Pilate and his guards. Horrid indignities, treated as worthless and despicable, ridiculed, taunted — this was even before he was crucified! Never was there a more blatant…

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Writing About Forgiveness

The response to my current book project on Forgiveness has been heart-expanding and mind-blowing! So many have shared their incredible stories and encouragement with me. In the process, I’m exceedingly appreciative of all of the ongoing assurances showing how desperately this book is needed. On this amazing writing journey, some days’ events and serendipitous encounters seemed like huge billboards plastered everywhere along the road. Unavoidable, they served to remind me of the extreme importance of this book, realizing potential positive…

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Beautiful Gift Delivered by an Angel

There are Angels Among Us We were sure she’d live to be 100 years old. It wasn’t long. She remained vibrant, clear-minded, armed with a spirit and spunk that let you know she’s got this — no problem. Our last visit with her convinced us, with certainty. Her amazing schedule of gatherings, luncheons, meetings and activities belied her age. Far more active than folks even 20 years younger, we were thrilled to know she was still living an incredibly engaging,…

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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness makes all the difference. Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on…

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Transformations Surround Us

Transformations… surround us. Because life is dynamic, things change every day. Transformative events occur, creating a world we never dreamed of before this moment. We’ve been known to have a change of heart… often change our minds… sometimes, we even change directions in midstream! As sure as we are of things. consistent and stable as we may try to live our lives, it’s obvious we exist in the midst of change. These are the unexpected spaces in our lifetime where…

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Happy Friday!

Happy-Happy Friday! I love celebrating the weekend, don’t you? There’s something special about them! I still look forward to the week’s end even when I have no big plans or events scheduled.   Not long ago, as we were all embarking on a long holiday weekend, a lady I know wished me a nice, long weekend [appreciated] — and, she added — to give me “a break from work.” Her comment made me chuckle, because my life blends work into…

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Showers of Blessings

It seems the weather is almost always a popular topic of conversation — maybe in part because it’s something we can agree upon*. Highly unpredictable twists and turns during the 2016 growing season certainly provided endless soundbites and sharing.   According to USDA Drought Monitoring, my area of North Carolina is experiencing drought conditions. This we knew. It was especially evident when our garden went unattended during a recent trip.   While our garden took the turn it did this…

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