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Archive | Forgiveness

Not holding on to resentment and bitterness but releasing their hold on you by choosing to release them in gracious forgiveness.

The Day I Knew I Knew

by Bette Gillogly I was hot and tired as I trudged back to the women’s dorm.  The afternoon was too warm for early October in the mountains of Southern West Virginia.  And after cleaning every bathroom on campus – without air conditioning, I might add – I was ready for an ice cold drink and […]

Forgiveness

by Patrick & Dwaina Six Several years ago, we faced a difficult and stressful situation.  Feelings of hurt, fear, and frustration festered and ultimately turned into anger. As the anger took root, it threatened to change us into bitter, disillusioned people.  We had to make a choice.  Holding on to the anger meant risking damage […]

The High Cost of Divorce

The truth is no one ever emerges from divorce unscathed.  Everyone involved is permanently harmed. Everyone understands there will be immediate trauma to the divorcing couple, but few realize the lingering emotional and psychological effects. For example, research by Judith Wallerstein with the California Children of Divorce Project shows an especially dismal future for women […]

The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 2 of 2)

Forgiveness.  A subject so deep and wide, most of us flounder around in it, struggling just to stay afloat.  To be honest, we’re in way over our heads, like ducks that haven’t quite gotten the hang of swimming.  To make things worse, the people we rub against every day have a way of ruffling our […]

The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 1 of 2)

A few weeks ago, we were talking with a good friend who made a comment that really got us thinking.  He said he could not forgive a particular person because that person had not asked him for forgiveness.  Are we held back from forgiveness in this way?  What are the rules about forgiveness?  And who […]