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  •  Melanie -- how are you doing? (11+ / 0-)

    Long time no talk. How is one of my favorite people in IA?

    Bruce in Louisville
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    by bmaples on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 04:46:02 PM PST

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    •  I'm terrific. Where've you been? (11+ / 0-)

      How are ya?

      I like your pastor's thinking on the Christ of the crucifixion or the Christ of the resurrection. Even as a non-Christian, I think both concepts are essential to giving and receiving forgiveness. One is humbling oneself, the other is being lifted up.

      I wrote this last year in a diary just before Easter:

      I grew up un-churched, a heathen, so my faith-structure is weak. But I still have a belief in a higher power, a god-creator, if nothing else. I do believe in love and forgiveness and connection. I believe we are connected. I believe love is ours for the accepting, that we are all worthy of love. Forgiveness is a more difficult concept, but my god would not require a physical human sacrifice to allow us all forgiveness. I believe the sacrifice, instead, is in humbling ourselves, in reviewing our wrongs, in asking for forbearance for our humanness, our imperfections. We need to forgive ourselves for this, and we need to forgive each other for this. I don't know if we need to ask God for forgiveness, but where we have hurt each other, part of humbling ourselves is asking the other for that special grace, that blessing. We need to learn to see God in each other, and revel in the other's perfection, and have compassion for their faults.

      I get to choose. And I choose love.

      by Melanie in IA on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 04:54:34 PM PST

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