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crying, death, disappointment, forgiveness, friendship, pain, prayer / 09.07.2014

A best friend of a close friend’s daughter died suddenly yesterday in a ridiculous accident near our house that was not her fault. I haven’t stopped shaking since I heard the news and I didn’t even know the girl. My heart is broken for my young friend.   High school graduation was less than a month ago. Now a life of one of the hopeful graduates is gone. For no reason.   Trying to figure out what to do to help. Keep checking in with my friend to see what I can...

courage, forgiveness, friendship / 10.02.2014

My emotional scars are like a mark that’s been on my chin for 30 years. When a telephone pole unpleasantly stopped the car I was riding in, my head kept going, resulting in a bite through my chin and the dashboard, a smashed windshield, and a concussion. (Riding without a seatbelt in the front seat of a car traveling highway speeds in freezing rain is not something I would recommend by the way.) The blood and trauma were real. The stitches tangible. But the healing naturally progressed until...

forgiveness, perspective / 13.01.2014

I dreamt I received a one sentence email about how I make the sender’s blood boil when I do a certain thing.       My alarm sounded. I awoke angry. At the person who sent me the message. The message that was created in my mind.         Yesterday my Sunday school class studied forgiveness. Listen to these verses from Luke 6:     "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on...

acceptance, courage, disappointment, forgiveness, God's light, grace / 15.12.2013

Tis the season to proclaim “Peaceon earth.”     But many of us do not live peaceful lives.     I am not talking about the busyness we often are slaves to this time of year that robs us of our calm.     Rather, my intent is to dig a few levels deeper than the materialistic sort of stress to get to a stress on our soul. Specifically - unforgiveness.     An article in today’s paper explains that when doctors apologize for mistakes, malpractice lawsuits decrease.     Often an apology is the salve necessary to soothe cut emotions. It validates our...