Dear Sinners and Saints,

“Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he (she) says, ’I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive him (her).” (Luke 17:4)

Dean L. Gregory Jones speaks about the challenge and the benefits of forgiveness: 

                   “Forgiveness is not so much a word spoken,

                     or a feeling felt, as it is an embodied way of life

                     in an ever deepening friendship with God and others

                    …Forgiveness ought not simply be focused on the

                    absolution of guilt; rather it ought to be focused on

                    the reconciliation of brokenness, the restoration

                    of communion.” (L. Gregory Jones, "Embodying Forgiveness:

                    A Theological Analysis", Eerdmans, 1995, p.xii )

Dean Jones is onto something. Who among us is not in need of a restoration within community? Reflect upon the places where you need to request forgiveness from another. Ponder the people whom you have wronged allowing sin to divide your relationship. Allow the Saint and Sinner within you to take action today.

When community has been restored, give thanks to God! For is it by God’s mercy that relationships might be mended. Let us also rejoice when we are invited into the story of Christ’s continuing reconciliation of the world as characters carrying divine forgiveness.

Prayers for: Bob Edwards a friend of the Jensen family who is near death. Cindy Howell who battles cancer. Lyle Mercer in his struggle with health issues. Mike Rabe who continues to recover from surgery. The homeless, the hungry and the poor. Political leaders. The dynamic of forgiveness in our lives. 

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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