I received an email requesting a copy of a previous daily reading. The theme I mused on was forgiveness.  So as I look through past readings, the notion of forgiveness got fused in my brain. It put me back in my thinking chair. Forgiveness is essential. Somewhere I read (or perhaps I once said) “people who are unable to forgive, for whatever reasons, live more difficult lives.” Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself and it is a gift you give to your neighbor. Forgiveness gives us the ability to embody the life we are created to live. Marjorie J. Thompson, in “Moving toward Forgiveness” writes, “to forgive is to make a conscience choice to release the person who has wounded us from the sentence of our judgment, however justified that judgment may be.  It represents a choice to leave behind our resentment and desire for retribution, however fair such punishment may seem…forgiveness involves excusing persons from the punitive consequences they deserve because of their behavior.  Forgiveness means the power of the original wound’s power to hold us trapped is broken.” I don’t know about you but as this pandemic continues to impact me (and us), there is more stress and I’ll admit at times, I have not been as kind as I want… at times I have not been so like me.  Out of frustration, I know, I’ve said some stupid things… things that have caused hurt… This pandemic has reminded me almost on a daily basis my words do matter.  Forgiveness is the choice not to keep score.  Keeping score is unproductive, dissatisfying, destructive, and small-minded. It prevents reconnecting. I am grateful for those of you who embody forgiveness.

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:37
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Reflection Questions:
What gets in the way of choosing to forgive?
What resentment do you need to leave behind?
Why is forgiveness essential?

Prayer: Holy God, today let me leave behind my small-mindedness, guide me on a more productive path and let my words be helpful.  Attach me to your foundation and let me bear much fruit. Amen.