Forgiveness Video Breaks Record!

The Power of Forgiveness (part one) just broke a record with over 1300 Youtube video views in less than a week and over 270 Likes, 61 comments and replies and 73 shares on Facebook! I pray it was meaningful to you.Check it out here! Thanks for watching and for all those shares! Now tell me, why do you think forgiveness is such a hot topic???

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Should You Forgive When You’re Still Being Hurt?

Should forgiveness be offered to everyone? Maybe, but in some situations it needs to be offered while you’re walking out the door!

My friend and colleague, the Rev. Kate Matthews-Huey of the Amistad Chapel in downtown Cleveland posted the following two very important questions to Fox 8’s Facebook page following this week’s airing of The Power of Forgiveness (part one).

“What if the perp is doing something in an ongoing way, so it’s not something in the past but has a life of its own? Also, are we required to let the offender know that we’re forgiving them? I’d appreciate your thoughts.”

Rev. Kate raises critical concerns for all of us and, particularly, for those who find themselves locked into abusive relationships or situations. Here are some quick and humble thoughts on forgiveness. I suspect, when you are done reading this, you may want to add some comments of your own.

Forgiveness 101: Let’s start by recalling forgiveness basics: First, forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning or even tolerating bad behavior, whether it is prior behavior or current. Instead, at the very least, forgiveness is interested in letting go of negative and, potentially, destructive thoughts such as anger or bitterness.

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Getting a hold on Easter

THE MEANING OF EASTER SLIPS EASILY FROM OUR GRASP. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a child. No problem there! Who can’t get behind a birthday celebration? But at Easter we have to accept that almost two thousand years ago a dead man was raised from the dead. That takes a lot of theological acrobatics to comprehend. As a young person, I spent many summers and other holidays at my grandparent’s funeral home. As a pastor, I’ve been burying the dead for two and a half decades; I’ve never seen anyone sit up in their casket and say, ‘Hi everybody! I’m back!’

But Easter isn’t supposed to be grasped, at least not the way we get hold of a math problem or solve a puzzle. Easter is the way God wants us to live, trusting that there is something much bigger and much better beyond the end of our temporal noses.

After all, when you live as if Easter is real, even if you are just faking it – working for justice, making peace instead of war, sharing out your abundance, believing that there is a future brighter than the darkness of the present, even if the present includes death, 

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