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The Daily Walk with Miracles, republished September 17, 2014 and December 11, 2013, published November 14, 2013, from Story of Forgiveness, Dr. Len Kenpo’s page of inspirational stories, no author or date given, quoted verbatim, believed to be in the public domain. This is about the seventh or eighth of Dr. Kenpo’s magnificent stories we have used here. Please feel encouraged to browse all of Dr. Kenpo’s inspirational stories; quoted verbatim, photograph of winter, mountain sunrise from unknown source. We are grateful to Dr. Kenpo for assembling his collection of public domain inspirational stories:
Forty-three years seems like a long time to remember the name of a mere acquaintance. I have duly forgotten the name of an old lady who was a customer on my paper route when I was a twelve-year-old boy in Marinette, Wisconsin back in 1954. Yet it seems like just yesterday that she taught me a lesson in forgiveness that I can only hope to pass on to someone else someday.
On a mindless Saturday afternoon, a friend and I were throwing rocks onto the roof of the old lady’s house from a secluded spot in her backyard. The object of our play was to observe how the rocks changed to missiles as they rolled to the roof’s edge and shot out into the yard like comets falling from the sky. I found myself a perfectly smooth rock and sent it for a ride. The stone was too smooth, however, so it slipped from my hand as I let it go and headed straight for a small window on the old lady’s back porch. At the sound of fractured glass, we took off from the old lady’s yard faster than any of our missiles flew off her roof.
I was too scared about getting caught that first night to be concerned about the old lady with the broken porch window. However, a few days later, when I was sure that I hadn’t been discovered, I started to feel guilty for her misfortune. She still greeted me with a smile each day when I gave her the paper, but I was no longer able to act comfortable in her presence. I made up my mind that I would save my paper delivery money, and in three weeks I had the seven dollars that I calculated would cover the cost of her window. I put the money in an envelope with a note explaining that I was sorry for breaking her window and hoped that the seven dollars would cover the cost for repairing it.
I waited until it was dark, snuck up to the old lady’s house, and put the envelope of retribution through the letter slot in her door. My soul felt redeemed and I couldn’t wait for the freedom of, once again, looking straight into the old lady’s eyes.
The next day, I handed the old lady her paper and was able to return the warm smile that I was receiving from her. She thanked me for the paper and said, “Here, I have something for you.” It was a bag of cookies. I thanked her and proceeded to eat the cookies as I continued my route. After several cookies, I felt an envelope and pulled it out of the bag. When I opened the envelope, I was stunned. Inside was the seven dollars and a short note that said, “I’m proud of you.”
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Comment by Paul Evans, for a young addict I know who does not believe that God can forgive her for the things she did when her addictions were not under control. Dear, you are wrong, God can forgive anything: I hope that all of my readers know that God is Love itself, as if an omnipotent and invincible force in the universe. You will find this in such Hollywood movies as Star Wars: “May the Force be with you.” Perhaps this perfect Love is also Light. But doesn’t every particle, every subatomic particle too, known to man have a charge to it? So doesn’t even dark matter have a charge, as well as photons? It is an interesting idea to think about. What is more important is that we simply remember that God is Love, and He loves us all with a love so great that He gave His only begotten son to die on the cross for us all. Not just for some of us, but all of us, no matter what evil we have done. Pray for God’s grace, repent, and believe in His son Jesus (Immanuel – God with us) and you will be saved. As Jesus said, “Go now, and sin no more.” Well, just pray to God for forgiveness, pray to Jesus to intercede for you, and do the very best you can. I KNOW in my heart that God does not ask more. God would never ask anything of us that we cannot do, for God is Love, and love is moral, but love is kind.
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