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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Gift of Forgiveness

I asked a friend of mine to read my book to see if it was worth publishing.  As she read it, she was inspired to make amends with her father.  They had been estranged for many years.  After re-establishing her relationship with him, her father became very ill and died.  My friend was so grateful that she had been able to have final, conciliatory and meaningful conversations with her father before he died.

Many people when facing death, illness or adversity, will realize suddenly that life is very precious, short-termed and fragile. Often people who have been angry with family, friends or co-workers find that they can't remember specifically what they were initially mad about but continue to remain distant and upset. We have choices in our lives.  None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes.  If we want others to forgive our mistakes, we must also forgive others.  If our loved ones are dying and we don't have a chance to make amends, the chance might not be available again.  It takes a tremendous toll on us to maintain the state of anger.  Anger is the absence of love.  It is not possible to love and hate at the same moment.  I hope that we choose love because our friends, family and co-workers are having their own troubles and issues.  We need each other, especially our family. if it is at all possible to make amends and forgive each other.  Life is precious and fragile and it will be a shame to waste our available time being angry and vindictive.  Choose love and remember with God all things are possible!

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