Acts of forgiveness may be key to real power

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The whole notion of forgiveness has been in the front of many people’s minds in the weeks since the massacre at Emanuel AME Church. Just how, they wonder, could family members of the victims, one after another, forgive the accused shooter so quickly after such a reprehensible deed?

One pastor explains forgiving is the natural, almost instinctive reaction of people who live lives based on a deep faith in God. Because of faith, they already feel forgiven for the sins they confess to their maker. When an evil was done to members of their family, forgiveness was a the way for the faithful person to cope and react. Continue reading

Elegy for friend

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In Memoriam, Donald Wayne Henry
April 28, 1939 – April 10, 2015

One lone sentry. Set apart to bid watch.
The others loft and spring, a-cackle up and down the railing.
Plaintive laughter “I want! I want!” “Mine!” “Mine!”
The tide low and still, the gulls search impatiently, frantically.
Laughing, laughing, maws agape.
Life ebbs from the rock salt tomb back to where it came from. Continue reading

A hurried email

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I have to tell you this right now! I am not submitting my “forgiveness” article for publication. I am submitting this email to you to say thank YOU! Earlier this week, I read the call for submissions and thought, “Who am I to write an article? Nothing so horrific has happened to me. I have had all the slights in life, but nothing so big and bad.” I blew the call off. Continue reading