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New Dimensions

September 11, 2011

9/11/11; Genesis 50: 15-21, Matt 18: 21-35

A sermon preached by Rev. Jane McBride, First Congregational Church of MN, UCC

This week, I came across a striking story from the book The Pearl is in the Oyster by Marilyn Cram Donahue. A blogger summarizes it this way: “[the author] tells the story of a neighbor who had ritualized her resentment. Whenever a visitor came for a cup of tea or coffee, she would pour the drinks and then reach for an old and battered plastic sugar bowl. Then, apologetically, she would tell her story of the beautiful bone china bowl that her mother had owned, but that her sister had taken when her mother died and they divided up her possessions. She had never forgiven her sister, and had turned her bitterness into a daily routine that kept it fresh and growing.” (; John van de Larr, September 5, 2011)