O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
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Power-issues creep into every conversation. Who is in charge? Who is responsible? Who is powerful and who is powerless? Does seeking revenge and playing "King of the Hill" with nations and human lives the only way power can be used? Luther's catechism includes among the important teachings of the Church, the Office of the Keys - the authority to forgive. The keys to true power to change one life and to change the world rests in the scarred hand of the One who gave that power to us.
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May we forgive as we have been forgiven. Amen.