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Today’s Reflection

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.

Today’s Question

Think of a time when forgiveness has led to transformation. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

…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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This week we remember Gertrude the Great of Helfta (November 16).

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  • robert moeller November 15, 2012, 2:18 am

    Through a one on one mentoring Bible study I was transformed, forgiven, and had a new beginning. I’m still benefiting from that experience. Have things gone always well since then, definitely not,
    but I am trying to do what is right and change what I can change and leave to God those things I can not do.

    Lord, you have made a huge difference in my life, through the loss of a life’s partner I came closer to you, you have made it possible to keep on going as you are the best partner anyone could wish for. I pray that those who are lonely also know you. You give us people who help us with loneliness by being instruments of your love. They are our worldly companions, you o Lord are our eternal companion. Thank you in Jesus name, Amen

  • Jill November 15, 2012, 3:49 am

    Being able to forgive and to say…and truly mean “it is well with my soul” – what a blessing. My prayers form – “Lord, help me to desire to forgive, take me to the place where it is indeed, well with my soul.” And when I sense that transformation – it is all Him – and I realize again that He is at work.

  • Buzz November 15, 2012, 7:31 am

    In being able to forgive another, my intellect was stilled to allow my Spirit to again find the Light of God. In correcting that ordering of mind and soul I was made right with God and with those I care about. PTL.

  • heidi November 15, 2012, 12:21 pm

    You know, it’s true what “they” say. Forgiveness heals the one who forgives. In freeing another, I free myself. And that’s vital, because so often the other does not even know they are ensnared.

    I had a deep rift between myself and a relative. I let it fester for quite awhile before I allowed God into the space to work on me (not them). I don’t know, maybe he worked on them, too, but they would never admit that. They are “too smart” to need God, let alone believe in God.

    So I am now freed from that shackle. And as in many cases, forgiving does not mean forgetting. But my soul is healing.

    • robert moeller November 16, 2012, 3:53 am

      Heidi wrote, “And as in many cases, forgiving does not mean forgetting. But my soul is healing.” How true. I had a relative tell me once, “How could you let her die!” as she met me at the funeral home where my wife lay. It took a long time to forgive and heal.

    • Buzz November 16, 2012, 11:17 am

      Bless you, Heidi

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 30, 2012, 6:24 am

    Father God, help us to forgive before the sun sets . Help us to live in love and harmony.

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