Why Should I Show Compassion to Those Who Hurt Me?

A particularly slow driver ahead of me was lighting my fuse. “Come on, Grandma, find the gas pedal!” I said to myself. I begin mumbling and wondering why she couldn’t keep up with the flow of traffic, drive the speed limit, or pick a lane and stay in it. As soon as I labeled the driver, it struck me that I was a “Grandma” now, and I felt embarrassed as I thought about why that driver might be moving slower than was convenient for me: perhaps she was looking for a street or address, and was havin...
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Do We Learn and Grow from Prayer?

By Brenna H. I was sitting in the living room of our apartment when Sarah, my roommate, ended the phone conversation with her brother. I remember hearing her crying in our room in the back. She had told me about her older brother who was going through some hard times. He had married in high school, against their parents’ wishes, and had divorced within a year of that marriage; he was uncertain of what to do with his life after this divorce. While we were freshmen in college, he had remarried ...
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How Can We Recover From Abuse?

By Amber D. It was early on a Monday morning. I was getting my children ready for school. My six year old daughter came up to me to get her hair done and out come the words that would forever change our family. "Mom, the babysitter is inappropriate when he babysits." I was in shock. What do you even say to that? I am afraid I may not have had my finest parenting moment just then. The answers to the questions I asked were very wishy-washy. It seemed like I couldn't get a straight answer. I did...
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