Jesus said, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” - John 20:23 (NRSV)

Years ago, I taught a ninth-grade Sunday school class. One Sunday, after a particularly trying week, I walked into the classroom to find paper streamers hanging from the light fixtures, chairs on the table, and the kids grinning at me.

I began to chastise them angrily for their disregard for...

Today's Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of forgiveness. Help us to forgive as completely as those young believers. Amen.
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Today's Reading
James 1:19-25

Thought for the Day

How do I express my complete forgiveness of others?

Prayer Focus

Those struggling to forgive

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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