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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Love and Forgiveness

Today I went to church and it was one of those enlightening mornings.  We all have heard that we are to forgive others as God forgives us.  That is really hard to put into practice.  How many of us have a grudge?  Maybe we don't think we have anything against anyone, but think again.  I know I have a person in my life that is not "my favorite."  I have been very critical of this person as she doesn't live up to my perfect standards.  But then, I don't live up to God's perfect standards either, so who do I think I am?  I have to give up my self righteousness and pray to love this person no matter what.  What kind of Christian am I, what type of example am I setting, if I am not anything but kind and nonjudgemental.  My love should not depend on whether or not it's deserved or appreciated, but just because God has commanded us to love one another.

Thank you for letting me share.


Pretty Things said...

Holding grudges -- that's a hard nut.

Linda said...

You had to say that.........I pride myself (and that is wrong) in not holding grudges....but....I am imperfect, undeserving, and worthless and HE still loves me! thanks for reminding me.