FROM THE PULPIT: Admit your mistakes and receive forgiveness

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM.

Editor’s Note: This column continues the story of Mary, Johnny and the broken glass statue, which appeared in the June 8 News Bulletin.

Grandma forgave Johnny for accidentally breaking her treasured glass bird statue, but the boy’s heart still harbored bitterness.

If Mary hadn’t startled him as he carefully lifted the figurine, none of this would have happened.

It was all her fault.

For a few days, Johnny avoided Mary. When he couldn’t avoid her, he spoke harshly toward her. When anyone else was around, he didn’t speak to his sister — except with his eyes, which would have burned holes through her if possible.

Grandma and Grandpa learned of this tension between Mary and Johnny, and noticed it was stemming from Johnny.

That evening during dinner, Grandpa asked Johnny about it.

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