“After learning about forgiveness during family worship, Cream took the peach pits Bully Fred threw at her and planted them along the lane to the school. She convinced Bully Fred to dig the holes for the future peach trees.”
“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:
According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.”
—Haggai 2:4, 5 KJV
Rockville Bridge, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: “I befriended one of the conductors on our train, and during a station stop in Harrisburg, he took me to see Rockville Bridge that spans the Susquehanna River. He told me he had helped stop several attempts by the Confederate Army to destroy the bridge. The wind from an approaching storm blew out our candles, and in the darkness, I thanked God the war had ended.”
“And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,”
—Nehemiah 1:3, 4 KJV
Since pies didn’t trail travel well, Susanna had worked out a voucher system with Harriet in Agate Beach to enable sharing a fresh-baked pie. As Susanna considered sending some vouchers with the bill of sale, she couldn’t figure whose side June was on, when June shared her thoughts on forgiveness.
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
—Matthew 18:21, 22 KJV
Susanna found it hard to imagine justice without breaking a commandment. If provided with an endless supply of blueberries, she could re-open the bakery, install that new stove, and build herself a luxury cabin.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
—Romans 12:19 KJV