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Today’s Reflection

OUR RELUCTANCE to offer forgiveness…ties us to the past and impedes both the present moment and the future potential of life. My lack of forgiveness holds me captive as much as it keeps another person in subjugation to my conscious and unconscious resentment. The Latin word for mercy is very revealing in this regard. Eleison literally means to unbind, as our related English word liaison means bond. When we refuse to forgive, we hold others firmly enmeshed in the bondage of our judgment; when we forgive, we loose others from the attachments of our anger and vengefulness, freeing ourselves in the process.

– Marjorie J. Thompson
Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past

From “Our Resistance to Forgiveness” by Marjorie J. Thompson, page 60 in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson. Copyright © 2008 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Who do you need to forgive? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.

Psalm 130:5, NRSV

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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (August 8).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 9, 2018, 3:03 am

    I forgive all who hurt me cause i do not want to have bitterness and resentment in my life.

    Thank you God for teaching me to forgive.

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

  • robert moeller August 9, 2018, 4:48 am

    Prayers for Mary, her family, school, and Singapore. Thankful for Julie’s trip to have stitches out and for the botox shots to help Reynaud’s. I agree with Jill’s comments to JE. May Gloria’s heart be open to You Lord, may the love the flows through Larry, Jill, Becky from You warm Gloria’s heart. Prayers for Connie, thankful for the 54 years she had with her daughter.

    Lord help us forgive others in the same way that You forgive us, for as we forgive, we are forgiven.

    Lord, Your wisdom is sorely needed in all aspects of the governement of the United States. help all to seek it.

    Hopeful that today’s interview goes well and Erich has a job. Thankful for UR prayers for him, Anneliese, and me. She had PM treatment yesterday, had to go further to get it, praying that it does what is needed. Recivery from the procedure will take a day or two.

    Blessings, God’s love, mercy, and grace to all of you who come to the UR.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 9, 2018, 5:33 am

      Thanks Robert!

      May Erich be successful in his interview and may he enjoy his work. May God bless Anneliese and Robert with good health and the joy of being in your presence!

      Thank you God for hearing our prayers.

  • Julie August 9, 2018, 7:56 am

    Prayers for Mary and her parents. I pray they enjoyed their day of celebration and that Singapore continues to be a great place for them to live.
    Prayers for Robert, Erich, and Anneliese. I pray that Robert’s heart remain strong, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I pray Erich is successful today at the interview. I pray that He finds You through Robert’s quiet example. I pray for pain relief for Anneliese.
    Prayers for pain relief for Jill and Gloria. Prayers that Gloria rediscovers Your love and rest.
    Prayers for Connie this sorrow filled week. May she remember the love she received and gave.
    Prayers for Lou and her family. Prayers that her daughter is successful in her teaching career.
    Prayers and blessings to all of the UR family and thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement.
    I need to forgive myself

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling August 9, 2018, 8:14 am

    Thanks dear Julie!

    May you have a great weekend!

    Blessings!

  • Connie August 9, 2018, 8:28 am

    o.k., Lord. I sincerely forgive this one person. Her part in my life is long past and it is time. I hope I don’t falter in this.
    Thankful for:
    A successful day yesterday-simple things accomplished as well as business ones.
    A wonderful picture I received from my son-in-law of he and my daughter that I had not seen.
    A For-Get-Me-Not in full bloom. Blue and Beautiful.
    The people who love me.

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