TODAY'S THEME: Broken Relationships:
                     Tenderhearted Forgiving
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Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good
for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were
sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,
clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


Ephesians 4: 29-32
The Holy Bible, New King James Version


Better trust all and be deceived,
And weep that trust and that deceiving,
Than doubt one heart that, if believed,
Had blessed one's life with true believing.

Fanny Kemble (1809-1893)
Famous British actress, author, abolitionist


If you're hurting today, don't immediately grab the phone
to call a friend. Seek the everlasting arms of the Spirit.
He is many things, but most importantly to you today,
He is your Comforter.

Excerpted from "31 Days Toward Intimacy With God,"
by Joni Eareckson Tada
Multnomah Publishers, 2005

The beginning of love is to let those we love
be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them
to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the
reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Contemplative monk and prolific author


O Lord, give me strength that the whole world look
to me with the eyes of a friend. Let us examine
each other with the eyes of a friend.

Yayurveda (Hindu)


Look at our brokenness.

We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who much come back together
To walk in the Sacred Way.
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.

Ojibwa (aka Chippewa) Prayer
The Ojibwa is the largest group of Native
Americans north of Mexico



When I forgive not cursing either man

of feeling sorrow for my fate,

God's Spirit comes as a rushing wind,

destroying fear and dispelling hate.

Kate Buxbaum Prado
Excerpted from "Angel's Wings and Secret Things"

Today I will accept where I am in my relationships, even if that place is
awkward and uncomfortable. If I am in the midst of endings, I will face
and accept my grief. God, help me trust that the path I am on has been
perfectly and lovingly planned for me. Help me believe that my relation-
ships are teaching me important lessons. Help me accept and be
grateful for middles, endings and new beginnings.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990


Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the Golden Key
to harmony is in your hand now. This is because it is God
who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations
or weaknesses are of no account in the process ... Stop
thinking about the difficulty. whatever it is, and think about
God instead
... In order to "Golden Key" a troublesome
person or a difficult situation, think, "Now I am going to
'Golden Key' John or Mary or the danger" into the
presence of God and think only of God.

From "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
by Emmet Fox
HarperCollins, 1950


When we live from God's breath we can recognize with joy
that the same breath that keeps us alive is also the source of
life for our brothers and our sisters. This realization makes our
fear of the other disappear and our weapons fall away, and
brings smiles to our lips. When we recognize the breath of
God in others we can let them enter our lives
and receive the gifts they offer us.

Excerpted from "With Open Hands,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ballentine Books, 1970

And now, the Last Word:

God can heal a broken heart,
but He has to have all the pieces.

From "God's Little Devotional Book"






























































Bonus quote:

No one knows enough to be a pessimist.

Wayne Dyer
(1940-  )
American self-help advocate and author


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