“I think forgiveness is a great idea until you have someone to forgive.” Ed Dobson

I watched an incredible video on forgiveness today and I want to share it with you.  Ed Dobson was the pastor of a large church for many years before he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

When Ed stepped down from pastoring his church, he discovered the emptiness of life caused by unreconciled relationships.

How many of us have relationships that require forgiveness?   I know I have too many to count!

Enjoy the 10 minute video and I pray that someday we all can say, “The list is done” as we look for opportunities to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. ~Matt

“When I die, I don’t want people to be silent.”  Ed Dobson


Click on the link below the picture, then click on the play button (you won’t have to pay to watch the video).

Ed dobson

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8 Responses to Forgiveness

  1. That was a powerful video Matt and such a good lesson.
    I’m grateful that I have so many people in my life that are focused on the future because it keeps me looking ahead. For me, looking ahead is much more hopeful than the past. Why? Like Ed, my past is littered with relationship wreckage.
    It’s encouraging to see a man make amends.
    I’ve had a few courageous relationship moments in the past. I thank you for posting this as and reminding me to keep having the courage to give and seek forgiveness in the future.
    Thanks Matt

  2. Kristina Meinel says:

    Whew! That was a tough video. The thought also came to my mind while watching it, to live your life in such a way today, that you are intentionally creating your legacy for tomorrow. There is no room for slip ups or tossing pple aside. Good reminders for myself.

    • Miriam says:

      Great clip and great insight Kristina! You and Matt have forgiven me already many times already and been patient with me as a grow! Thank you for embodying this message!

  3. Jim Gerend says:

    Great post Matt. The power of forgiveness and humility has a ripple effect that can provide grace in many ways. This clip is just one example. Inspiring! While I am well and healthy, I should check my list.

  4. Harry Pavlos says:

    Great Post Matt. Forgiveness is such a wonderful blessing to given out to others as well as to be received from others. It is something that everyone needs. Thank you for sharing!

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