Do you remember the redemptive explanation; the hole in the wall, carved out by Andy Dufrane at the Shawshank Penitentiary?  When you think about this, the time, the patience, the little by little effort; which in fact was really a very big effort when you consider it, the slow but large transformation that only hope can know.  Is the redemption of the soul really a slow chiseling act of the smallest hammer against what appears to be an impenetrable object, that only hope can see thru to the end?  When you watch that movie you see a story that about a man that makes you wonder over the 120 minutes, if Andy Dufrane didn’t begin to hear his own prayers through his own ears and heart.  No one else believed in the day he would be free; but, ever so slowly, so patiently, the hammer chipped away.  It’s been said many times that those who have learned to pray well, are those who keep trying to pray; at times, our prayers can seem like the smallest of hammers pricking away at the hardest of all stone.  With the process of time, our ears and our hearts become better at listening.

Leadership is often at its best when it is allowed to rub-off on another; Zihuatanejo, the Mexican paradise where Andy and Red go at the end of the move proves such a point.  Leadership is at such a loss today, “How and who will address these issues?”  We might consider the healing that comes by grace; and, how that might rub-off from us, to those that we associate with first.

Paul said to the church at Colossae: “And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved , put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other, who ever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

One prayer at a time, until you begin to hear your own words in your own ears and heart.  One small chip of stone, patiently moved away from the wall, giving room for the hope of redemption.  Who can know what will rub-off from one life to another’s?  Only a warrior can see this thru to the end; and, as you judge the canvas, remember, behind the picture might just lay the pathway of your redemption.  As Solomon once said, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”.  Ain’t it so.



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