FORGIVENESS IS A MAJOR RELEASE: a release from the prison and burden of the past. This release does not mean release from responsibility for what was done. Nor does release necessarily mean release from paying a penalty in this world. It means release from the chains of resentment and guilt that hold us back from entering God’s freedom, the new beginning as a beloved child of God. It means release from the expectations and obligations of the past so that we and those who injured us may start anew.
—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)
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For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
—Galatians 5:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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