Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Dear All of Us,

Good Morning, 

Good Afternoon,

Good Evening

to us all 

where and when 

we are in our just nows

on this spinning orb.

My just now is Monday morning 

here in Washington, DC - much prayer 

and three cups of coffee into this posting.

Well, where/when/however we are, 

here we go into 

the home stretch of Lent.

And Lent does "stretch" us,

doesn't it, and 

uncomfortably so at that.

It's a matter of Metanoia,

    a turn round right, 

    a return to Real,

    a letting go wrong heartedness,

    a letting The Spirit take hold and

         steer us straight into the

               Realm of Real

For most all of us, 

really for all of us,

the hardest of 

the hard parts of


      of this

  Rewew to Real

is to clear clean access 

to our hearts

by forgiving ourselves 

and others.

Difficult as it is,

Metanoia is only possible 

if we forgive.

Delt dreadfully by another, 

or sometimes by ourselves,

we are in pain for sure.

Just as surly we own it

from then on.

The effects may last, 

but the event is over.

We need to be over it too.

We may need help, even therapy,

to deal with the aftereffects.

Yet fundamentally, soul-wise,

the only way foreword is 


It's rough, rock hard.

Yet, forgive we do.

That's because 

the pain inflicted on us

contracts, blocks the 

       Love Flow

into and out of us.

We shut down, close off.

It's like our soul 

having a heart attack. 

It's just that dangerous.

So we seek and accept 

the grace requisite 

to open things up 

for free flow -

to receive and give love.


And that is what God does:

  "Let all bitterness and wrath 

   and anger and clamor and slander 

   be put away from you, 

   along with malice. 

   Be kind to one another, 


   forgiving each other, 

   just as God in Christ 

   also has forgiven you." 

    Ephesians 4: 31-32

We do as Jesus did.

His last Lenten "stretch" was to be 

physically and psychically 

stretched to broken on the cross - 

betrayed, abandoned, 

horrendously tortured.

His response:


     "Father, forgive them;

      for they do not know 

      what they are doing." 

         Luke 23:34

His openness to forgiveness 

meant the free flow of 

redeeming love for us all.

Like minded, like hearted,

     we turn to hurt in 


       and its freeing.

For these last days of Lent some

        points and prompts 

follow below should you wish them.

       Blessings on us all this 

          Lenten Stretch,

             John Frank




Metanoia means getting to

The Heart Of What Matters,

to get Righted Real:

- How much have I asked God 

  for the energy to address hurt, 

  to forgive and heal?

- What is it that another 

   has done to me, or that

   I have done to myself, that

   most blocks the free flow of

   The Love That Is God in me?

 - For how long have I denied, 

   delayed forgiveness?

 - How does that present in my

   attitude and behavior:

    - strife

    - quarrels

    - grudges

    - avoidance

    - passive aggressive tactics

    - jealousy

    - attacks social, physical, occupational,

      financial, political?

    - sulking 

    - moodiness, depression

- Do I need help from a spiritual guide

  to companion me to forgiveness?

Does this piece from Desmond Tutu

and his daughter, Mpho, 

speak to our spirit?

"Forgiveness is the only way 

to heal ourselves and 

to be free from the past...

without forgiveness, 

we remain tethered 

to the person who harmed us. 

We are bound to 

the chains of bitterness, 

tied together, trapped.

Until we can forgive 

the person who harmed us, 

that person will hold 

the keys to our happiness, 

that person will be our jailer. 

When we forgive, 

we take back control of 

our own fate and our feelings. 

We become our own liberator."

    The Book of Forgiving

What light do these scriptures shine 

on my need to forgive?

It's worth noting that there is no 

tit for tat involved.

God can only forgive us 

if we forgive others,

if we are opened up

to the free flow of forgiveness.

It is essentially, necessarily,

a two-way street.

We can only be forgiven 

if we actually embrace 

forgiveness in its fullness.

To buy in we may not hedge,

crop, or "adjust" our buy in.

It's all in or not at all in.

   "For if you forgive others,

    for their transgressions, 

    your heavenly Father 

    will also forgive you.

    But if you do 

    not forgive others, 

    then your Father 

    will not forgive 

    your transgressions."

     Matthew 6:14-15

   "Bearing with one another, 

    and forgiving each other, 

    whoever has a complaint 

    against anyone; 

    just as the Lord forgave you, 

    so also should you."

         Colossians 3:13

   "Be on guard! If your brother sins,  

    rebuke him; and if he repents, 

    forgive him. 

    And if he sins against you 

    seven times a day, 

    and returns to you 

    seven times saying, 

    'I repent,' forgive him."

     Luke 17:3-4

   (To be a Chistian 

     sure does gets us 

     into a lot of love!!)


This week a very large group 

from Brazil and our 

first ever visitor from 

Saudi Arabia

joined in with us all. 

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new to our fellowship 

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