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)
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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts of this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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