The prayer of amends is a way of life and not a sad cry at the end of failure.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

Often in life we neglect people; family, our children, friends, colleagues, and our animals. When the “unexpected suddenness” of death occurs, which it inevitably will, guilt overwhelms the grieving process.

The stages of grief: shock, anger, denial, overwhelm, denial, acceptance to name a few, are all stanched with the odor of guilt.

Why does this happen? What can be done in the living years to lessen the blow?

Living a life of amends and appreciation for the simple everyday occurrences of life is a process to begin now.

I have found when we invest our time in the “little things,” big change gradually occurs. A positive momentum is being cultivated so that the actions put us in a state of gratefulness and marvel.

This accomplishes two things: One is that we can understand in the present and future that we did our best. If I was wrong in any action, I make amends promptly. I never want to end a day in remorse over an action that possibly could have been amended with “forgive me.”

Second, I’m living in a positive state of intention or contemplation. Intention is the aim or purpose behind my actions. Contemplation allows me to see further with a spiritual awareness beyond prayer and meditation. It allows me to and cultivate and internalize emotions to better respond to others.

In order to be emotionally healthy spiritually, it’s impossible to be Spiritually mature while remaining Emotionally immature.

Amends requires courage, willingness, honesty, and humility. These character traits need to be disciplined and practiced daily.

Obviously this is easier said than done, but through dedication and commitment to personal growth, they can be strengthened with practice.

Progress not perfection is the daily intention.

Appreciate and love what is here today because tomorrow is a new day and those things may no longer be around.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9



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