Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Tue Mar 24 20:01:11 CDT 2009

One day awhile 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
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
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!  If you are one of the
8% who will stand up for Him, forward this with the Title 8%

92% of people won't forward this.

"The fundamental premise of liberalism is the moral and
rational incapacity of the American people." ~ Fred Miller

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