We experience great benefit in being able to forgive. It releases us from carrying the corrosive effect of anger and bitterness in our own souls, and peace of soul is not an insignificant matter. Forgiveness also empowers us, allowing us to reassert our choice to become whole instead of merely accepting the diminishment of our wounds.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.
—2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to know and learn from my emotions: my anger, my fears, my grief, my joys, my love. Show me how to master them so that they will not master me.
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