Tag: forgiveness

Over And Over

The world we live in is in chaos…or so it would seem. We have riots, wars, and weather; tribalism, factions, and foes among friends. Everywhere you look someone is offended and others are oppressed, while committees argue over what to do when and where. The rich need to […]

Boundaries And The Open Door

This is my family: me and my wife and the two young ones are our next generation. This was taken about 4 years ago during one of our camping trips with Lake Huron in the background just north of Alpena, Michigan. Time goes by so quickly – life […]

The Scars We Share

Scars we bear on our physical bodies can be used as great object lessons – ways to begin conversations about larger issues. There are also scars that we do not wear so proudly on our skin – scars that are hidden from view and revealed only in the words we say and the choices we make. I call these “heartscars” and they are created by wrongs done to us or experiences that caused confusion, fear, and regret. The only way to find healing for these kinds of wounds and release the blessings that they hold is through forgiveness. Much like in the physical, our wounded hearts can heal provided we don’t remove the protective covering. Forgiveness is this covering and when allowed to complete its work it will reveal a scar that will be a blessing to be shared instead of a bitter root burrowing deeper…

Waiting For You To Let Go

It was not a particularly unique day…just an ordinary spring morning – crisp but not cold, with a new-dirt smell in the air and birds waking from their slumber.  The kind of morning when you can feel winter slipping away as summer waits in the gentle breeze.  I […]

Let Healing Begin

No matter the hurt, we must learn to let forgiveness do its work. Yup, there it is – Forgiveness. The word that many use but few ever master…myself included. Is it an action? Is it a feeling? Is it just something you believe? Does saying the words, “I forgive you” mean they’re forgiven? Why does it still hurt? Why should I let them off the hook? I’m not going to claim here that I know definitively the answer to any of those questions…I’m not sure if any of us really can this side of Heaven. There is an intangible quality to the process of forgiveness. Something in the idea that says, ‘don’t touch’ or ‘leave it alone now’…but we always want to take it back, pry it open, just to see…

Love Mercy

Why? Why should I go above and beyond what justice demands? Why would I allow myself to be vulnerable to the hurt and pain and anger again? Why would I put myself at risk again?

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