Those who practice the grace-full art of forgiveness know increasing joy and freedom in their relationships. Forgiveness is one of the eminent signs of the vitality of the Holy Spirit in our midst. The Spirit ever plays the flute within, inviting us to dance to its tune. The Spirit keeps nudging the image of God hid deep in the soul, reshaping it to look more like the one who fashioned it. The Spirit breathes possibility into impossibility and authorizes us to forgive as God forgives.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
—2 Corinthians 3:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” The Upper Room Worshipbook
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