ForgivenessNew Every Morning | February 15, 2022
To age faithfully requires that you practice forgiveness in response to God’s forgiveness of you. However, you know from experience that talking about forgiveness in the abstract is far easier than doing it. . . . Certainly, some behaviors feel harder to forgive than others. Acknowledge the reality of what happened, the pain that it caused, and how it affected your life. Revisiting these wounds can be painful, and you may want to speak with a trusted friend, family member, or pastor about your feelings. Once you have taken time to grieve, ask the Spirit to lead you out of the wilderness of unforgiveness.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Who can you ask to support you on the journey of forgiveness?
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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts in this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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I find asking God easier than asking people. God knows and understands me better than anyone else. Bible study today focuses on Proverbs 31. I certainly have a better understanding of Proverbs after reading this book. It would be helpful to reread Proverbs carefully with the book as a guide.
Colder weather, single digits now. Clear skies and sun. Hopeful for positive results from a phone call today. Tomorrow off to see my daughter and granddaughters Hope and pray that the help needed by each of you is forthcoming. Thank You, Lord.
There is no person to do this in my life.
I will be calling the doctor as I have been sick to my stomach and vomiting again.
Prayers for Ally and David and Jeremy, for Jill and Roger and Larry, for Roger and his daughter and granddaughters.
Yes, in my trusted little circle, I would have friends who would support me regarding forgiveness. I can count on their faithfulness in prayer, and listening well should I need to ask their forgiveness. It would seem my likeliest request would be to have them pray for my heart to soften and that I would be willing to either grant forgiveness or honestly seek forgiveness.
My god son has a basketball game this evening and this is likely the last one I will be able to attend this season. He has a make up game Thursday evening, but I have progress report pick up after school that evening until 7:30. Hard to believe the season is over. He will be playing baseball in the spring. That will require a different time frame and being willing to sit in the elements…will see how it works out.
My sister called last night and we had an interesting conversation. She is finding herself being in the middle of dad and her husband with all the decisions coming up. Both her husband and dad are careful with their money and her husband is beginning to raise some questions. Hopefully she will be able to navigate things well.
Robert – safe travels and a wishes for a wonderful visit with your daughter and granddaughters. Julie – praying your stomach will settle and that you will be able to regain strength physically.