I’m thinking about forgiveness today, thanks to a reminder from CPC (our church), Brad Jackson and the Lord’s Prayer.
Specifically: Forgive us our sins. For we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today I’m asking myself: “Who do I still need to forgive?”
Though I have intentionally worked to loosen the hold of resentment and anger in my life over the years, I recognized this morning that my forgiveness to do list is still long. When I think of the evils and betrayals so many people — Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family, Nelson Mandela, the family in my Canadian small town whose high school daughter was murdered on the way home from school, even some of my closest friends — have lived through and must try to forgive, I wonder that I even have a list. But I do.
Letting go of each item on my list will make room for my soul to be filled with more loving kindness and joy. It will make me lighter all over.
Others for hurting me.
Myself for the mistakes I’ve made and the times I’ve hurt others.
And praying for the courage to seek forgiveness from others.
Brad cited Helen Prejean’s book, Dead Man Walking, this morning:
Forgiveness is never going to be easy. Each day it must be prayed for, and struggled for, and won.
Here’s a short video that provides context for her quote.
I hope it inspires you to incorporate forgiveness into your life in a conscious way.
As for me? I’m off to make a list.