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  • A Walk In The Woods

    1 posts, 1 voices, 418 views, started Jul 13, 2009

    Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 by Denise Richardson

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      A WALK IN THE WOODS

      One day a while back, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in
      the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things
      were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when
      he had a job.  

      His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.
      He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness
      he had, that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger,
      resentment, and frustration.  

      Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find,
      knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree
      to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his
      eyes, he prayed:  

      ‘Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told
      me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.. Today, you have
      told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot, I don’t know how.
      It is not fair Lord, I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done
      against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive. As perfect as your way is
      Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive. My
      anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray you teach
      me to do the one thing I cannot do: Teach me to forgive .’

      As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt
      something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner
      of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see
      what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece
      of wood in the ground. He raised his head and saw two feet held to the
      wood with a large spike through them.  

      He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus
      hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a
      torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head. Finally he saw
      the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the
      man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.  

      ‘Have you ever told a lie?’ He asked?  

      The man answered - ‘Yes, Lord.’  

      ‘Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?’  

      The man answered - ‘Yes. Lord.’ And the man sobbed more and more.  

      ‘Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours?’ Jesus
      asked?  

      And the man answered, ‘Yes, Lord.’  

      ‘Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain?’  

      The man, crying now, answered - ‘Yes, Lord.’  

      As Jesus asked many more times, ‘Have you ever‘? The man’s crying became
      uncontrollable, for he could only answer - ‘Yes, Lord‘.  

      Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt
      something fall on his other shoulder He looked and saw that it was the
      blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and
      there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.  

      Jesus said, ‘I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you.’  

      It may be hard to see how you‘re going to get through something, but
      when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.  

      Read the following first line slowly and let it sink in.  

      If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.  

      When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!



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