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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 6, 2012 - Forgiveness Is a Safety Net

By Scott McChrystal

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32, NIV).

I have always enjoyed watching aerial acrobats perform. The skills of these artists require many hours of practice, and I’m sure many falls as well.

Giant nets provide safety during practice. Time and again, these performers fall during training, but the nets permit them to land safely and try all over again.

Forgiveness in marriage and family and all other relationships acts much like a safety net. Marriage, family, friendships and work relationships tend to get messy, and along the way there are many falls. Forgiveness provides a wonderful way for relationships to start over again, no matter how bad the fall.

Forgiveness opens doors for amazing things in failing relationships. One couple particularly comes to mind. The husband had committed adultery on repeated occasions. They had fought like cats and dogs.

Months later the husband showed up at my office with a huge grin on his face, obviously excited to tell something. He and his wife had forgiven one another a few weeks back and their marriage was now stronger than ever.

Jesus forgave us. We need to forgive each other.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 3.



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