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One Less Grandchild To Cry About
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Lara and Stephen in happier times. The IP of Anonymous, below, is San Antonio, Texas. The comment is likely from Barbara, my ex-wife.






The forgiveness of sins is mentioned about forty-four times in the New Testament. The huge majority of these occur in the Gospels in the teaching of Jesus, but also six times in Acts, three times in Paul’s letters, three times in Hebrews, once in James and twice in 1 John. Paul prefers the word “justified”.

The etymology of the Greek word translated as forgiveness [aphesis] suggests freedom. The root idea is that of being “sent out, sent forth”. This particular word is variously translated in the New Testament as “deliverance,” “liberty,” “remission,” and “forgiveness.”

It is a word that recognizes all the bondage into which our sins have brought us—of guilt, of pollution, of power—and declares that by this redemption we are therefrom set free. Not free merely from the penalty, but forgiveness is to be set completely loose from sins, their guilt gone, their pollution ceased, their power broken.

Biblical scholars are unanimous in saying the covenant between God and his people is essentially concerned with the forgiveness of sin.

A few citations:

1. Romans 4:7: Blessed are those whose iniquities have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over.

2. Ephesians 1:7: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

3. Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:





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Wait -- did one of yr grandchildren die? That is a tragedy for yr son. I don't believe you can ever get over the death of yr child.

(Personally I don't blame you for leaving the Texas Panhandle. I spent some time there this summer. It's a horrible place.)

Yes, apparently that is the message my ex-wife sent me. Very sad.

As for the panhandle, yes, it's a pretty bleak place. And as you know the born-again Christians in that state condemn abortion as the murder of babies, because life is SACRED, and yet--with the determined urging of George Bush and virtually all other Neocons--the Texas prison system has executed more inmates on death row than any of the other US states.

Edited at 2009-11-22 01:41 pm (UTC)

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Well, funny you should mention. When I was stationed in Amarillo, I was "adopted" by Audrey and Dennis Stubbs, who became the parents I never had. They were Zen buddhists, free thinkers, curious and highly intellectual, with a collection of books and classical music records, and were it not for their accepting and loving me unconditionally I doubt if I would have survived.

This message was brought to you by your daughter Lara.

By the way, have you been published yet? Your life story of relentless persecution and self-pity sells!

Also, thank you for not raping me like your disgusting friend's daughter in NYC. I really means a lot to me that you only had sex with lots and lots of non-family members.

Lara

Along with the persecution and self pity there's also a full acknowledgement of my failures, adulteries, and crimes against others. I've repeatedly apologized to you and Stephen, and even to your mother, for the suffering I caused you. The alleged rape was before you were born, and it would never have been made public were it not for the daughter of my disgusting friend seeking publicity and a large sum of money from her estranged mother. I regret it all happened, and I deeply regret you can't or won't accept my apologies. But maybe someday you will. The door will always be open.

Edited at 2009-11-22 04:20 pm (UTC)

I think also of in the sermon on the mount
where it is said that before one is free
to go to the altar of God one must set aside
what one has against the other...
also of course of what one has against God
and against oneself
'inner freedom is the absolute condition
of knowledge of God.'(St.Maximus)

the eastern church begins Lent with a rite
of mutual forgiveness...some day this ought
to be done and not as a form but with power
and inner truth on a universal scale...

but one day at a time until then I guess

Edited at 2009-11-22 02:50 pm (UTC)

This whole mess is like a glacier. It seems stationary, but it's actually moving. I thought I'd made a full accounting of my mistakes, but there's still work to be done. Good thing I was born with great optimism and a streak of stubborn determination. I guess that's two things I can thank my father for!

My husband was estranged from his father. All those complicated sides he took as a child when his parent's separated took some time to untangle as he grew. When he was strong enough to go looking for his father, someone he always had a hollow yearning for, he found that his father had died two months earlier. Not knowing his father, as an adult, through all the perceived faults even, is a great sadness that my husband carries. Forgiveness is so important.

As an optimist, I still think this particular story will have a happy ending. But it may take a while.

My dear friend, it is absolutely impossible to understand the real meaning of the forgiveness, because of this forgiveness our Lord Jesus Christ gives his life and maybe it is also impossible to find someone willing to forgive giving his life like Jesus.

We can only approach our concept of forgiveness to the God's concept, who not only six times in Acts, three times in Paul’s letters, three times in Hebrews, once in James and twice in 1 John repeats us our behaviour in face of sin and forgiveness, but remembers us our human fragility and common "membership" to the sin.

The problem is that we stop our reasoning with the sins we are able to express, but we need the capacity to go beyond, to recognize them and admit our mistakes (so you are able to feel the pain into your heart and to understand you "have sinned against heaven and against the world"). In that moment comes the forgiveness, but I think you can't expect forgiveness from people who has not exercised or experienced the real forgiveness. Only the presence of God into the heart can open the mind to the real forgiveness.

I hope you'll be able to understand my poor English that tries to explain concepts so hard. Excuse me and the best of this story is that you are an hardened optimist, I know you...

Please know, my dear Maestro, how much I value your friendship and understanding.

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