A PRAYER COMMON among various liturgical traditions is this: “Forgive what we have been, amend what we are, direct what we shall be.” The words of this prayer relate directly to what it means to open ourselves to the transformation that is both God’s intention and gift for our lives. …
Transformation hinges on our ability to be set free from elements in our past that would otherwise enslave us. We feel wounded by another, and the wound takes on a life – or death – all its own if not confronted and released. We feel ourselves a failure in some moment in our lives and find ourselves unable to let that one failure go until its influence multiplies and poisons our entire view of self. The inability to forgive or to accept forgiveness stands as a significant hurdle to positive change in our lives.
The gift of forgiveness, both in its receiving and in its offering, forms God’s liberating intention for our lives, freeing us from past mistakes. Only then may we move forward to the amending “what we are” part of the prayer and into the future. With forgiveness, everything is open for change.
- John Indermark
Do Not Live Afraid
From pages 86-88 of Do Not Live Afraid: Faith in a Fearless World by John Indermark. Copyright © 2009 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Think of a time when forgiveness has led to transformation. Share your thoughts.
…let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:22 NRSV
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