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Vengeance is anger, hiding behind justice.
Grace is forgiveness, without reason.
©Janet Mitchell, April 2012
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oh Janet….this hits home… (I see it hit home for me in April, too. ) I’ve been tumbling around for several days….reeling from a terse and unkind email from another blogger (not one who comes to any of our blogs…but one I had been going to and really valuing) who was so harsh and unkind….48 hours into my own internal reaction…still wanting to lash back…knowing it would only exacerbate…I get my mind settled like a pained, colicy baby that has been soothed… and then it wakes back up, hurting and stirred up again… and then wants to dole out “justice”…….and all of that…what a challenge to try to rest in kindness and acceptance that people sometimes just do what they do…I look forward to making it toward forgiveness, or even acceptance, without reason…and letting it go….but oh my goodness, the going is slow in that directions… maybe I could come up with my own paradigm and work toward that right side?….maybe so…
People too easily forget, or perhaps they never know, that words can really hurt. Take it for what it’s worth, and know that’s about them, not you. Your writings are valued by many. Who knows? Perhaps what you wrote really struck a note with that person, and the response was to strike out. Sometimes the truth hurts, and people lash back in an attempt to avoid looking at themselves honestly. ♥ Best wishes to you, and I love reading your stuff!
thank you for helping….I appreciate this…
I like that. Grace IS forgiveness without reason. Too bad we see so much of the vengeance route.
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