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The Power of Forgiveness

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Poet Edwin Markham was betrayed by a friend and it left him angry and devastated. He could no longer write poetry. One day as he sat at his desk, God convicted him that he must forgive this man. Markham prayed, "Lord, I will forgive this man." With the bitterness gone, his creativity unlocked, and he wrote perhaps his most famous poem: "Outwitted":

"You drew a circle that shut me out,

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout:

But love and I had the will to win;

We drew a circle that took him in!"

(Paul W. Powell, Looking at Life Through the Rear View Mirror. Self-Published, Tyler, TX, 2006, pp. 76-77]

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