Archive for August, 2008

A New Song

Friday, August 15th, 2008

I would count on this:  God is always working to make His children aware of a dream that remains alive beneath the rubble of every shattered dream, a new dream that when realized will release a new song, sung with tears, till God wipes them away and we sing with nothing but joy in our hearts.

— Dr. Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, p. 82

Opportunities for Practice

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Your marriage gives you untold opportunities to practice kinder speech and more forgiving attitudes.  Your lover will be gracious enough to challenge your assumptions and courageous enough to be different from you.  You can trust me on this.

— Dr. Fred Luskin, Forgive for Love, p. 206

Forgiving the Unrepentant

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

It is possible to close ourselves to grace, both human and divine.  But only grace can pry open the door that has been shut in its face.  So God continues to give to the ungrateful and to forgive the unrepentant.  Christ stands before the closed door of a grace-resistant heart and knocks gently with a nail-pierced hand.

So should we.  When things go well, gifts engender gifts, and forgiveness gives birth to forgiveness.  That’s the power of giving and forgiving.  When things go ill, gifts fall on hard soil, and forgiveness remains barren.  That’s the impotence of givers and forgivers, for they can only “knock at the door” by giving and forgiving.  And then they must wait . . . and knock again and wait — trusting that the Spirit of the resurrected Christ will make the seed of their forgiveness bear fruit.

— Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge, p. 205

Forgiving

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Happy women know that forgiving doesn’t let the offender off the hook; it lets you off the hook.

Dan Baker, PhD, and Cathy Greenberg, PhD, What Happy Women Know, p. 235

Gratitude Makes Things Right.

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.  It can turn an existence into real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude makes things right.

— Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, p. 218