Category Archives: Joseph’s story

The hurts and disappointments of life

I was speaking in the Lancaster County Prison last year to 115 prisoners and during a question/answer session, a prisoner told me about the horrible way his father treated him. In graphic terms, (after apologizing for what he was about … Continue reading

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A closer look at forgiveness

To allow an injury to double into resentment and bitterness only brings deeper misery into our lives. Emotional revenge might feel natural and even justifiable but emotions like anger and resentment only spread injury and pain. They also become a means of giving an offender more control over our lives. Continue reading

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When the sun stays hidden for years:

One man’s story helps us know how to respond when life takes unexpected and painful turns. Continue reading

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