What happens when we’re called to forgive our enemy? Surely some acts, even some people, are unforgiveable, right? Carolyn was the last person I wanted to forgive. The event I experienced because of her was so traumatic I’d blocked it from my mind for thirteen years. I met Carolyn at a public pool when I… Continue reading When Love Feels Hard — Guest Blogger
A woman celebrating her sixtieth wedding anniversary was asked about her secret to a long marriage. “In the beginning, I made a list of ten things I would automatically forgive him for.” When asked for the list, she remarked, “I never made it. But every time he did something that irritated me, I said, ‘It’s… Continue reading Just Forget the Offense?
I discovered first-hand that, in this world, we tend to “cancel” people much too quickly. I had just given my testimony to my Foundations seminary class. I was terrified to share because it was raw and pretty messy. It was my first time to tell my painful story and it was to a room full… Continue reading How did Jesus handle a “Cancel Culture” Attitude?
Maybe you’ve always heard, “Forgive and forget.” But what do you do when it’s impossible to forget? A certain song, smell, or a curse blurted in anger, and, at lightning speed, our mind remembers. Even when the memory laid dormant for several years. I woke up to sheer panic, my bed shaking. When I opened… Continue reading Forgive and Forget?
Discouragement clouds my soul when unloving thoughts seem like the default in my heart. Jealousy rises up: often prompted by social media posts. When selfishness plagues me, pride is always waiting. There are moments as a teacher when I’m shocked at my impatient or rude response to a student when I’m in a stressful situation.… Continue reading Feeling Exposed? How Christ’s Light Illuminates Our Deepest Places