It was my morning reading upon arising.
“All of us give and receive love. All of us fail to give and receive love. Forgiveness makes love possible because it is an intentional change of attitude about those failures. Forgiveness leaves the future open, creates the opportunity to grow in love, and heals what years of running away, defending, and blaming cannot heal.” From A Forgiving Heart: Prayers for Blessing and Reconciliation, edited by Lyn Klug
I remember the day I was sitting in the Atrium at the National Education Association. I worked there for seventeen years and most days were beautiful days. But, as is common in all workplaces, I had been wounded. I had also delivered wounds to others. That day, the sunlight splashed across my face. Perhaps I heard the voice of God as my spirit quivered. It was an out of body experience. I don’t know what look I had on my face. I do know everything seemed like background music in a movie: the soft chatter from nearby tables, gentle laughter floating in the atmosphere.
My table mates looked curiously at me and asked:
“What’s going on with you???”
I smiled and said: “In this moment right here, I realize I have forgiven everyone…anyone who has ever hurt me.”
I got up as if floating. A weight rolled off my heart, off my back.
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I went to the fourth floor as if summoned. I saw two colleagues in my old office which was now a small library and conference room. I sat down with a warm greeting. I piqued their curiosity because together they had been perpetrators who had wounded me in the past. We had been friends. Now we were respectful colleagues. I told them of my revelation. I emphasized the EVERYbody—I had forgiven everybody and myself. I saw their eyes glisten with tears trying not to fall. I stood up and continued on my way—light as a feather. No other words were needed.
Forgiveness is divine.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Who do you need to forgive? Time is of the essence. Let these days be the days of reconciliation and healing. Now is the time for unfinished business to be done.”
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