During Lent
passionately pray for those who:

whispered lies about you
laughed at you
ridiculed you
mocked you
scorned you
disrespected you
humiliated you
shamed you
embarrassed you
believed evil about you
slandered you
insulted you
hurt you
defamed you
used you
discredited you
rejected you
trashed your love

for they know not what they do."
Christ did
and we are called to be like Him!
Turn the other cheek
even if they never ask for forgiveness.
Bless them
do good to them
and love them always.
Watch the transformation 
that happens through your prayers.
If not in them,
then in you.

Karin Ristau ©


Mari said...

Really good Karin! I love the way you took the words Christ spoke and applied them.

Ginny said...

We are considered to be pacifists, something most of the world doesn't understand and it makes quite a few people mad. Instead of opting but, it is actually not an easy thing. It can be hard enough to love your neighbor, much less your enemy. But that is what we are called to do!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful, Karin.. I always love reading your poems. Forgiveness is so important although it can be very hard. I always say that we need to forgive --for US, not for the other person(s).....

Hope you and your hubby are still doing well. God Bless You.
Hugs and Prayers,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Karin.

ellen b. said...

This is wonderful Karin. So good, true and timely. Blessings on you and your husband during this time...

Peg said...

Powerful thought! Thanks for the reminder!

Jedidja said...

Thank you Karin, I'll try to do it.

Betty WSch. said...

Great reminder Karin.
Be well and blessings to you!

Gram said...

This is a wonderful reminder that we're rapidly moving toward an important celebration: when the Perfect Lamb of God paid the price for those who do not deserve such a sacrifice!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

So beautiful Karin. I love the way your poetry inspires me to keep on keeping on. Blessings.

George said...

This is definitely something we should do every season of the year, not just during Lent. Thanks for the beautiful message.

Glenda said...

You know how to address issues that all of us face in our daily lives in such a beautiful and encouraging way. God bless you, Karin! Hope you and your husband are having a good week.

Shug said...

Have been praying for you and your hubby.
Your words are always so well put together..Love reading them..This is great!

Marlene said...

What a reminder to live our lives as Christ did.

momto8 said...

I love love love this. I preach this to my kids but don't live it myself. thank you for this!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Karen said...

Beautiful verse. Lord, change ME!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

karin -
This was a very POWERFUL post!

Thank you so much. Marsha

digitaloma said...

Karin, Thank you for this powerful and convicting reminder!
You have an incredible talent - thank you for sharing.