Monday, April 29, 2019
Happy Monday, my Friends and welcome to my Monday Blog! I’m honored you’re visiting here with me and hope that by the end of today’s Blog when I tell you I love you, you’ll be glad you took the time to visit with me!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending another delightful evening as the guest author at a Book Club in Atlanta, GA. I love the excitement of meeting and making new friends as I get to share some stories about my novel, a spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray”. I’ve been signing books at private and commercial events for over five years now and I gotta tell ya, this Jesus business is something else – Awesome!!
It never fails to amaze me and I’m filled with such Joy…so much so that actually these rather intimate gatherings always prove to be incredibly enlightening and encouraging – for all who attend! One can actually feel the presence of something divine!
The image I’m sharing with you today is of one of the book club members and me. I was about to sign her book as she’s looking right into my inquisitive but sincere eyes. She asked me is she could share a very personal story with me about forgiveness (alot of you know my book is all about forgiveness). Naturally I was elated, touched her shoulder and said ‘please do!’ She wanted to share the fact that she was unable to forgive someone and she read my book a few months earlier, as the club had chosen it for their next guest author event. As she continues, she explains the tragic story of her young son being killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver. He was an older gentleman and had a history of alcoholism. He ran into her son and as it happens more times than not, the drunk diver survives and an innocent victim dies. Time went on, the drunk driver came to her home on more than one occasion to apologize and eventually her husband accepted the man’s heartfelt apology but she, the Mother, could not – In fact, she told him she ‘could not ever forgive him’.
Now this Mother is a Christian and she knows how Jesus feels about forgiveness, but as hard as she tried and prayed about it, she just could not bring herself to forgive this man. Her heart was broken and it would never mend. He had taken her only son from her and he just didn’t deserve her forgiveness. Period.
As she’s telling me this story, I was so overwhelmed that she had read my book, come to this event to meet me and tell me that she had indeed found the strength and courage to finally forgive this lost, broken and profoundly pathetic fellow-human being! I was almost speechless (and that doesn’t happen very often to me). As we sat there, we both felt the power of Jesus and the selfless act He performed for all of us…on the Cross. His death for our sins…not His. He died so our sins would be forgiven. He was sinless but still gave His life for our sins…so who are we to not forgive our trespassers?
You see, my book is about the power of forgiveness…plus, I know a bit about the power of alcoholism, too! Without forgiveness in our hearts, we are no better than an alcoholic who is lost and in great need of forgiveness sometimes, as in the case of this incredible Mother. Her journey is a heart-breaker, indeed; however, she’s a human being who loves Jesus Christ and was able to use His strength and undying love for her, to finally forgive this man who caused the untimely death her son, this man who has no right to breathe, this man who had become her worst nightmare, and yes, this man….a Child of God, just like her.
Forgiveness is a mighty powerful tool but sometimes it’s the heaviest one to pull out of the tool box! When we least expect it, we’ll be given a reason to pull it out – Don’t think about it, just do it!
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15
My prayer for us all this week is that we’ll start it off of by searching our hearts for anyone we need to forgive, for whatever reason. The act of forgiveness releases the forgiver of pain and sorrow and sometimes we even need to forgive ourselves…(very important, this one). Not even one of us is without sin – Not one. This week, let’s all just try to be the best ME we can be. You’ll be amazed how light your heart becomes…a heavy heart is a sad heart. Try forgiveness – It brings great Peace and Joy!
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,
My spiritual thriller, “That Melvin Bray” is available on Amazon