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6. The Sins of the World

He carried the sins of the world.

He carried the harsh words that I reserve for those I love most. He carried the bruising resentfulness of my pride. He carried every one of the petty excuses that I use to defend myself. He carried the puffed-up charade of my vanity: my self- importance and my self-reliance. He carried every wrong decision I have ever made. He carried those moments of wilful wrong-doing, where I have stared down the right path, seen what it would cost me, and chosen the easy road instead. He carried the time I took...

Taken from The Things He Carried by Stephen Cottrell.

Published by SPCK

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