FORGIVENESS IS EASIER if we have opened ourselves to God’s love. When you ponder whether to forgive others, take a moment to imagine God’s loving you just as you are, with all your goodness and all your limitations. Breathe in that love, allowing it to reach all the dark places inside you. Feel it wash over you like a cleansing rain. Then listen to biblical reminders of God’s love like these from the prophets.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the
child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)
“Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
I took them up in my arms;
but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with bands of love.
I was to them like those who lift infants
to their cheeks.
I bent down to them and fed them.”(Hosea 11:3-4)
In the immediate emotional heat of a hurt, praying these passages may not be possible, but as feelings calm down, reading such selections from scripture can help us act from a place grounded in self-love.
– Kathleen Fischer
Forgiving Your Family
From pages 49-50 of Forgiving Your Family: A Journey to Healing by Kathleen Fischer. Copyright © 2005 by Kathleen Fischer. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Try the prayer exercise of breathing in God’s love. Share your thoughts.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:14-15, NRSV
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This week we remember: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (April 17).
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