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God, give me courage to take on this day.

Jesus, give me words when I don’t know what to say.

Spirit, give me breath so I can work and play.

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Listen

Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other.

Colossians 3:13

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Think

I once told a pastor that I wanted prayers so I could be more patient. The pastor said I probably needed prayers to learn tolerance. What I really wanted was to have an apology I had recently offered to a friend be accepted. I had apologized, and he had still not responded, and I was worried that I had trashed a good friendship in a fit of temper.

I know that deep in my heart I don’t always apologize sincerely or thoroughly, which makes it more difficult for me to forgive when I am wronged, whether an apology has been offered or not. God forgives us anyway. I have learned that I feel better when I actually do the work of accepting an offered apology for real. And I am also learning to forgive, even when an apology due isn’t offered. Holding a grudge hurts my heart more than letting it go. Who do you need to forgive?

Bronwyn Clark Skov

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Pray

Holy One, bless me with tolerance, so that I may learn to forgive deeply and thoroughly. Help me to be sincere in my own apologies, and to accept the grace of forgiveness when it is offered to me. Thank you for always giving me another chance to get it right. Amen.

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Go

Let me be a friend to those who have few friends,

Let me find a friend when I feel lonely,

Let me walk away from danger to safety,

Help me walk in the light and love of Jesus.

Bronwyn Skov

Bronwyn Clark Skov serves as the Officer for Youth Ministries for The Episcopal Church. She is passionate about lay leadership, mentoring young people in their Christian journey, and empowering adults who work with youth. Currently she is the primary coordinator for the triennial Episcopal Youth Event and the General Convention Official Youth Presence. In her spare time, she volunteers in her home parish and is an active member of the National Ski Patrol. She works from her rural southern Minnesota home where she lives with her recently retired spouse, a dog, a cat, two goats, and four fish.

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