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We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour — unceasingly.

Forgiving in the Name of God – Henri Nouwen – Bread for the Journey

We are all wounded people.  Who wounds us?  Often those whom we love and those who love us.  When we feel rejected, abandoned, abused, manipulated, or violated, it is mostly by people very close to us: our parents, our friends, our spouses, our lovers, our children, our neighbors, our teachers, our pastors.  Those who love us wound us too.  That’s the tragedy of our lives.  This is what makes forgiveness from the heart so difficult.  It is precisely our hearts that are wounded.  We cry out, “You, who I expected to be there for me, you have abandoned me.  How can I ever forgive you for that?”

Forgiveness often seems impossible, but nothing is impossible for God.  The God who lives within us will give us the grace to go beyond our wounded selves and say, “In the Name of God you are forgiven.”

 

prayer for today

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O God, Father of all, help us to forgive others as we would wish them to forgive us.  May we try to understand them as we in turn would like to be understood, in the hope that forgiveness will not be in order.  May we see with their eyes, think with their minds, feel with their hearts.  Then let us ask ourselves whether we should judge them, or judge ourselves and accept them as children, like us, of one heavenly Father.

~ William Barclay

subtle dance of grace

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Grace is subtle

Grace is the substance of love, forgiveness, and hope.

Mary L. Fraser writes that grace would be

“like mercy running across the planet,

from Darfur to Sri Lanka.”