Thursday, February 14, 2008

Respond with the energies of prayer

"You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that../

"In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."
Matthew 5:43-48 (The Message)

Some of you will know I have been going through a hard time at work. I received a pretty vitriolic comment a wee while back that originated at my work that knocked me for six.

I kind of forgot about it while I was stateside... but it worried me upon my return to work on Tuesday. I reported it to my manager before I left and he has been impressive in his handling of the whole thing.

Anyway... cut a long story short... I asked for support from a few good friends and members of the nanolog community... and they hooked me up with prayer... all from a distance.

Today... the individual who posted the comment pulled me aside and apologised! > a genuine... heartfelt apology... and I accepted it. All I wanted was the chance at reconciliation and today I got it.

I now pray that we can move on. The HR machine will run its course... and there isn't really anything I can do to stop it. I wish I could. The individual demonstrated real remorse and I don't want anymore...

So to everyone who supported me through this... you know who you are... my sincere thanks! That's true friendship and kingdom living in action.
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