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Grudges and pride keep us from reconciling with each other. They destroy the thought of forgiveness. The pastor and his wife were going to give a mid-morning garden party. They invited everyone with engraved invitations. The delightful back yard of the parsonage was manicured, tables decorated the lawn, the clematis vine and rose bushes elegantly bloomed their floral splendor! This was going to be THE EVENT of the year.


The night before the party the pastor discovered (to his horror) that Mrs. Snoot, charter member, resident matriarch of the church had been left off the invitation list. The pastor immediately dialed Mrs. Snoot. “I’m sorry, it was a terrible oversight,” he pleaded, “Won’t you please come to the garden party anyway?” Mrs. Snoot replied, “It’s too late, Reverend….I’ve already prayed for rain!”