Epilogue (from the soon to be released book: Love Like Jesus)

Holding Moms HandToday’s post is the last from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). Last Saturday we posted Chapter 31: Love Like Jesus–Jesus And Your Resurrection. Love Like Jesus is due to be published later this year.

Epilogue

Inspiration for this short passage of fiction was drawn mainly from three sources: James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead, Luke 11:5-13 (which I would encourage you to read before reading this epilogue), and my wife Kathy and my personal experiences caring for her mom during the last nine months of her battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

There was a time when I had earned my mother-in-law’s lasting enmity. And I felt the same about her. It was so bad that

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Orlando Shooting: The Hard Part Most Are Missing

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Emergency vehicles on scene at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

I just want to share a few thoughts on the Orlando Shooting. Thought number three in particular is the most difficult and it applies to you, and to me.

1) It’s a horrible tragedy. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Fifty died, and fifty-three were injured. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. They’re in my prayers and I hope they’re in your prayers too.

2) We need to guard against acts of terror in the most sensible and effective way possible. This is where everybody wants to go when they discuss the Orlando tragedy. This is the part that’s most popular in the media and in the blogosphere. I have my own opinions, but the purpose of this blog isn’t to offer up the actions I believe we should take to prevent attacks like this one. The purpose of this blog post is to focus on something more difficult.

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Teens toss shopping cart onto woman from 50′ up. Victim Forgives.

“To be Christian means to forgive the inexcusable.”
-CSLewis

Two teens shove a shopping cart over a wall from an upper level, 50′ above an unsuspecting 47 year old woman. The cart lands on top of her, puts her in a coma, and blinds her in one eye.

And she forgives them!

I was both inspired and blown away by this article. Inspired by her ability to forgive and blown away by the realization that I sometimes struggle to forgive people for far more trivial transgressions.

You can read the whole story at Victim Forgives Teens Who Blinded Her – GOOD REPORT.

“I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

-Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:44-45