Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


A miraculous event

In his book, Forgive and Get Your Life Back, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Maynard relates the following story:
The story is told of a little girl in a remote village who reported to her parents that she was having conversations with God. Her faith was so sincere and her descriptions so believable that the parents reported her experiences to the village priest. The priest was also astounded by what appeared to be a truly miraculous event. The priest reported the happenings to the bishop.

The bishop came to the village church for a visitation. He interviewed the little girl. He decided to test her experience. "Next time you talk with God," the bishop counseled her, "Ask God to list for you the sins that the bishop reported in his last confession."

A few weeks went by and the bishop returned to the village to meet with the little girl. "Did you ask God to list for you the sins that this bishop recited in his last confession?"

"Yes, I asked God for a list of you sins," the little girl responded.

"And what did God tell you?" the bishop asked.

The little girl began to laugh and dance around the room. "God told me he forgot!"

Note: Tomorrow, we will have a Quiet Day devoted to learning about the process of forgiveness at King of Peace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act
because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.
—Lawana Blackwell


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