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Monday, February 9, 2015

With A Friend Like That Who Needs Enemies

This morning I arrived at the college cafeteria early.  I saw a friend of many years with his back turned to me.  I approached him from behind and firmly grabbed his shoulder.  My intent was to surprise him, but as he was in a state of deep concentration the sudden grasp startled and frightened him.  How often in my life have I acted out of love and goodwill only to hurt those I would seek to affirm by my actions? Such occurrences point out the complexity that doing good can sometimes entail.  My prayer is that those I hurt when trying to help will recognize that I acted, however ineptly, out of love; and that God will somehow redeem my flawed efforts.

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