Forgiveness is a gift from God. It’s a gift of love and mercy. It unlocks the chains that prevent us from healing and moving forward. Yet forgiveness is just that — a gift. It is not an entitlement. It’s ours either to accept or reject.
If we are complacent, defiant, or otherwise refuse to be taught, our path will lead us away from wisdom — and away from the Lord.
With God’s grace and guidance, I can become a better person — not perfect, but the person God wants me to be.
There will be those who choose not to believe, but faith always begins with listening to the teaching of Christ.
My faith cooled and became lukewarm when it should have boiled.
God was visible in the compassion and community of the people where I lived.
We all have moments of great shame — moments that can shape us. Moments that can shake us to our very core and can pull us from the dark road we are traveling to one that will lead us to God.