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Thursday, May 17, 2012

"the practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world"

Today Yahoo news and The New York Times released stories about "Chicago Cubs billionaire owner Joe Ricketts who is  alleged to have commissioned the $10 million plan, know as "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good." This plan is being put together by a Conservative Super Pac to make sure President Obama does not get reelected. I only bring this to the forefront because daily we are feed negative, hateful and harmful media from all around us it seems the world is fueled by negativity and hate.  So today I am inspired by to God to promote what puts an end to negativity and hate, love and forgiveness!

Let's look at Luke 17:1-10 (NIV)  Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” 

Today I have decided yet again, not I say again... to stop focusing on the hurt, lies and pain inflected upon me by others and myself in order to start focusing on the unmerited amount of forgiveness that I can sow into the world.  After all "the practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world" Marianne Williamson.  Are you up for a little practice today? I pray that you are and I challenge you to forgive something for something little, and someone else for something HUGE! Don't do it for them do it for yourself and all the rest of us!

Dear God help us to follow the example of Christ and life lives of forgiveness no longer keeping score but putting our positive energy in healing our world through your loving example. We pray for those who have hurt, and harmed us weather they know it or not. Amen. In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Love P.J.

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