Another thought to carry, May 11

The poet Alexander Pope doesn’t enjoy quite the stature these days as in the 1600s, but wisdom is timeless.

“To err is human; to forgive, divine,” he wrote in a couplet.

Lately, forgiveness has been much on my mind, particularly because the Lord’s Prayer emphasizes it at its heart. “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Christianity is filled with such messages, as are other religions. And as I read and learn more about compassion and try to practice it in my life, I believe that we do indeed invoke and channel an aspect of the divine when we forgive–and are forgiven.

No big deal. Just a thought I wanted to share today.


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I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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