Lent Reflection Tuesday, March 10

noteThen Peter approaching asked him, Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?  Matthew 18:21

I waited in a drive-through line at the post office. Though it was Valentine’s Day, I felt no love at the moment for my mom. A day earlier, we had argued. Now, I signed my name to a card I had bought out of obligation. Why should I be the one to apologize?

Soon, the women in front of me began honking at a man who was walking in front of her car.  When the women realized that the man was elderly, his hands brimming with valentines, she got out of her car and hugged him. Ever so slowly, I rolled down my car window, curious about what would happen next. I heard the woman say:  “I’m so sorry.”

Through my windshield, I watched as these two strangers illustrated the power of forgiveness.  Now, I was just one car from the mailbox. I quickly re-opened my mother’s card and wrote:  “I’m sorry—I love you mom.”

This Lent, consider sending a card of forgiveness.  Ask God to help you write just the right words.  If you feel so inspired, try signing your name with love.

You never know what might happen.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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